Preseason games have started and the beginning of a very highly-anticipated season is fast approaching. With coast to coast storylines, a good crop of rookies and a host of players ready to take the next step to superstardom, this season should be very fascinating. I'll start with a couple of questions I have:
-What will the reigning Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving do for an encore? All-Star selection?
-Will the Lakers, Heat, and Thunder be as dominant as everyone thinks?
-When will Derrick Rose make his return and what state will the Bulls be in by then?
-Will the Brooklyn Nets be a top-four team? Or will they just be glad to get into the playoffs? Im expecting big things from Brooklyn, health granted.
-Will Linsanity live up to the hype in its new stop?
-What will Brandon Roy look like after his brief retirement?
-What about Anthony Davis and the rest of the rookies?
Now I will give my awards:
MVP- Kevin Durant/OKC Thunder. After finishing second last year, Durant will come out fueled by OKC's loss in the Finals and play like a man possessed on his way to his frist MVP trophy. Runner up: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant
Defensive Player of the Year: Serge Ibaka/OKC Thunder.
Sixth Man of the Year: Jason Terry/Boston Celtics. Terry will take his title back as he will benefit from the play diagraming wizardry of Doc Rivers.
Most Improved: Paul George/Indiana Pacers. I expect George to have a breakout year and become the unquestioned best player and go to guy on the team.
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Davis/New Orleans Hornets. As I type this I'm still trying to figure out if this is the right choice. A huge part of me wants to go with Damian Lillard of the Blazers, as he will man the point and have the ball in his hands much more than Davis. I'll just bank on Davis' versatility and game-changing defensive ability to help him edge Lillard in a close race.
All-NBA First Team: Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard
All-NBA Second Team: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Andrew Bynum
All-Rookie First Team: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jeremy Lamb, Harrison Barnes, Anthony Davis
In conclusion, these are the players I am anxious to see continue their development: Klay Thompson, Greg Monroe, Marshon Brooks, Eric Gordon, Jeremy Lin, Kyrie Iriving and Paul George.