Pub’s Mid-Season NBA Awards

Game wise the it’s a little past mid-season but for the sake of simplicity All-Star Weekend will always been when we hand these awards out.

MVP: LeBron James, Cavs & Kobe Bryant, Lakers: This is a tough one and since it’s only the mid-season MVP I’m naming co-MVPs. Both have very strong cases and it’s too close to call right now so I’m taking the easy way out. At the end of the year this won’t be the case.

Most Outstanding Player: Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets: Paul is hands down the best PG in the NBA. He leads the league in assists (10.8ppg) and steals (2.7spg). Plus he’s averaging 21.3ppg. And more importantly he’s got the Hornets sitting in a playoff spot right now. (Note: As always  the pub MVP can’t also be named MOP)

Most Outstanding Defender: Dwight “Superman” Howard, Orlando Magic: Howard is an absolute beast down low on both ends of the floor. He leads the league in blocks (2.9bpg) and rebounds (14.1rpg). His play speaks for itself.

Rookie of the Year: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls: OJ Mayo has been very impressive but I’ve got to give the nod to Rose here because he’s playing a much more difficult position. Rose has started all 53 games for the Bulls and has logged an average of 36.8minutes per game. Plus his numbers aren’t too shabby: 17ppg, 6.3apg, 3.6rpg.

Most Improved Player: David Lee, New York Knicks: The guy has improved his scoring by 6ppg to 16.4ppg, and his rebounds have improved nearly 3per game to 11.8. Yeah, I admit I’ve always been a David Lee fan so I’m a little biased but he’s definitely stepped it up this season.

All-Pub 1st Team

  • G: Chris Paul, Hornets:  21.3ppg, 10.8apg, 5.3rpg, 2.74 spg, 3.94A/TO
  • G: Kobe Bryant, Lakers: 27.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.0apg,1.29spg
  • F: LeBron James, Cavaliers: 28.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 7apg, 1.25bpg , 1.85spg
  • F: Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks, 25.5ppg, 8.3rpg, .474FG%
  • C: Dwight Howard, Magic: 20.5ppg, 14.4rpg, 2.9bpg, .566FG%

All-Pub 2nd Team

  • G: Deron Williams, Utah:  19.2ppg, 10 apg, 1.1 stl, 2.81A/TO
  • G: Dwayne Wade,Heat: 28.3ppg, 7 apg, 5 rpg, 2.12spg
  • F: Kevin Durant, Thunder: 25.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.8apg , 1.23spg
  • F: Tim Duncan, Spurs: 20.8ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.8bpg, .522 FG%
  • C: Al Jefferson, T-Wolves: 23.1ppg, 11rpg, 1.7bpg,***Out for season****

All-Pub 3rd Team

  • G: Jose Calderson, Raptors:  13.1ppg, 8.5apg, 3.2rpg, 4.23A/TO
  • G: Brandon Roy, Blazers: 22.7ppg, 5.1apg, 4.7rpg, 1.3spg
  • F: Kevin Garnett, Celtics: 16.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2bpg , .2.7apg
  • F: Chris Bosh, Raptors: 22.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.4apg
  • C: Yao Ming, Rockets: 19.8ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.7bpg, .544FG%

All Rookie Team

  • G: Derrick Rose, Bulls:  17ppg, 6.3apg, 3.6rpg
  • G: OJ Mayo, Rutgers: 19.3ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8apg
  • F: Michael Beasley, Heat: 13.3ppg, 5.3rpg
  • F: Kevin Love, T-Wolves: 9.4ppg, 8.7rpg
  • C: Brook Lopez, Nets: 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8bpg
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