NBA end-of-season awards: LeBron’s brilliance to the mystery of Markelle Fultz
JR Smith runs out of time while Bryan Colangelo( allegedly) invests too much hour online in our highlights and lowlights of the 2017 -2 018 season
It may be hard to appreciate now after its instead abrupt ending, but it was a fun NBA season. While the real honors for the 2017 -1 8 NBA season are a week away apparently the league hoped that the finals had lasted a little bit longer as well thats not going to stop us from handing out these somewhat less official ones.
MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
James Harden, the best player on the team with the best record, was the regular season MVP. Had Chris Paul not gotten injured during the Western Conference finals, its possible that Harden could have contribute his team to a championship. Unlike the NBA voters, we dont have to stick to the regular season though, so were going to give the nod to James.
Despite turning 33 during the season, he resulted the league in minutes per game and played all 82 games, a workload that somehow didnt prevent him from averaging 34 points in the playoffs while dragging a less than stellar supporting cast to the finals.
Rookie of the Time: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76 er’s
The Utah Jazzs Donovan Mitchell deserves credit, and devotees of other squads will argue that Simmons isnt in his first time in the NBA as he was sidelined with an ankle trauma during his true freshman campaign. But was currently handing the awarding to Australia’s premiere basketball exportation.
Simmons’s emergence officially kicked off a season in which 76 er’s went from a long-gestating experiment in basketball chemistry to a team capable of winning a playoff series. Now he merely needs to learn to make kills a few feet away from the basket.
Team of the Time: Golden State Warriors
Yes, them again. Im endured too, lets move on.
LVP: Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland Cavaliers/ Los Angeles Lakers
You have to feel bad for the guy at this phase, unless youre a Cavs fan. He overcame misfortune, and played through a serious hip trauma, while contributing the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals last year. Thomass reward for all that was being traded to the Cavaliers.
Limited by lingering hip issues, he was ineffective in Cleveland and alienated devotees and teammates alike. Following the Cavalier’s trade deadline shakeup, he went to the Lakers where he was decent before hip surgery terminated his season and turned the rest of his career into one big question mark.