Tomorrow is an exciting day for Rockets fans.
The brand new NBA Awards show premiers for the first time on Monday night at 8 p.m. CT. This show will be an exciting one for Rockets fans, as the team has multiple candidates to win some of the awards. Let’s take a look at a few of the categories with which Rockets are involved.
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
This award is the flashiest of them all, and James Harden is a candidate for it. The Beard is alongside other candidates Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard. While Harden is predicted to finish second to Russ, we will have to see for sure what happens tomorrow night.
Coach of the Year
The coach of the Rockets, Mike D’Antoni, is a candidate for the Coach of the Year. His other competitors for the award are Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. All of these candidates are worthy of this award, but D’Antoni is the favorite and likely to win. He turned the Rockets from a fringe-playoff team the year before to the third best team in the league.
Sixth Man of the Year
Two Rockets are candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year. However, one of these players is the favorite for the best bench player award. Eric Gordon and Lou Williams are two of the three finalists, with Gordon the likely to win it. The other candidate for the award is Andre Iguodala, the former Finals MVP for the Warriors.
There are a few various awards/All-NBA teams that Rockets players may win or on which they may be put. For James Harden, he might win one fan vote award, as he is up for Performance of the Year. His 51 points, 17 assists, 16 rebounds game should win this award if the fans know what is best.
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Also, Patrick Beverley might find himself on an All-NBA Defensive team, which he definitely deserves. Though he may not be a Rocket next year, he is still one of the best defenders in the league.
Lastly, Daryl Morey might find himself winning executive of the year. The hiring of Mike D’Antoni in addition to the moves he made during the offseason makes him deserving of the award.