Here’s a look at one person’s ballot for the NBA’s annual regular-season awards:
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City: Even LeBron James now admits it, delivering what amounted to a concession speech last week to the NBA’s leading scorer who never faltered a bit this season. His streak of consecutive 25-point games ended Tuesday at 41 games, third longest in league history.
Best of the rest: James; Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers; Joakim, Noah, Chicago; Goran Dragic, Phoenix; Kevin Love, Timberwolves; Paul George, Indiana.
Coach of the Year
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio: Stunningly, he has won the award only twice in his Hall of Fame-worthy career. Let’s make it two times in three years for a guy who manages his aging stars and just keeps making the pieces fit around his best three players, all the way to a franchise-record 18-game winning streak, the NBA’s best record and possibly a franchise record for victories.
Best of the rest: Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix; Tom Thibodeau, Chicago; Steve Clifford, Charlotte; Dwyane Casey, Toronto; Terry Stotts, Portland.
Rookie of the Year
Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia: A dashing talent on a truly lousy team, he has shown there was good reason to worry about his shooting, but his combination of size and athleticism has been a revelation in what became pretty much a runaway race.
Best of the rest: Victor Oladipo, Orlando; Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn; Tim Hardaway Jr., New York; Nick Calathes, Memphis; Trey Burke, Utah.
Most Improved Player
Goran Dragic, Phoenix: So much depends on your definition of this award, but this guy transformed from an excellent player to an All-Star this season (even if he wasn’t invited to New Orleans) and could carry his team unexpectedly all the way to the playoffs as well.
Best of the rest: Anthony Davis, New Orleans; Lance Stephenson, Indiana; DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Markieff Morris, Phoenix; Gerald Green, Phoenix.
Sixth Man of the Year
|Buffalo||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Dallas||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Jacksonville||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|San Diego||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|NY Jets||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|New Orleans||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Carolina||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Detroit||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Oakland||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Arizona||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|St. Louis||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/28/14 7:30 PM|
|NC State||7:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/27/14 12:00 PM|
|Duke||12/27/14 1:10 PM|
|(15) Arizona State|
|Miami-Florida||12/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Boston College||12/27/14 3:30 PM|
|(25) Nebraska||12/27/14 7:00 PM|
|Texas A&M||12/29/14 1:00 PM|
|Oklahoma||12/29/14 4:30 PM|
|Arkansas||12/29/14 8:00 PM|
|Notre Dame||12/30/14 2:00 PM|
|(13) Georgia||12/30/14 5:45 PM|
|Maryland||12/30/14 9:00 PM|
|(9) Ole Miss||12/31/14 11:30 AM|
|(21) Boise State||12/31/14 3:00 PM|
|(8) Miss State||12/31/14 7:00 PM|
|(10) Georgia Tech|
|(19) Auburn||1/1/15 11:00 AM|
|(7) Michigan State||1/1/15 11:30 AM|
|(16) Missouri||1/1/15 12:00 PM|
|(2) Florida State||1/1/15 4:00 PM|
|(5) Ohio State||1/1/15 7:30 PM|