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Continued: NBA Insider: Selecting the regular-season award winners

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 12, 2014 - 7:39 PM

Taj Gibson, Chicago: If he wins, it won’t be strictly for his scoring, as voters often prefer. Here’s a guy who should get himself into contention because of his heart, hard work and offensive game that might be overlooked. Gibson is one big reason the Bulls have kept winning after Derrick Rose went out again and Luol Deng was traded.

Best of the rest: Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio; Markieff Morris, Phoenix; Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City; Vince Carter, Dallas.

Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah, Chicago: He’s got Houston coach Kevin McHale’s endorsement because of his determination and toughness. McHale knew a thing or two about defense back in the day, and he also coaches a guy named Dwight Howard. It doesn’t hurt that Indiana collapsed late in the season, which hurts Roy Hibbert’s chances, or that Howard sustained a late-season injury.

Best of the rest: LeBron James, Miami; Howard; Anthony Davis, New Orleans; Andre Iguodala, Golden State; Hibbert.

Executive of the Year

Masai Ujiri, Toronto: A back-to-back winner, in separate cities? The former Denver GM who shaped a Nuggets team that won 57 games a season ago should win again for two major moves that transformed the Raptors team from tank mode for Canadian Andrew Wiggins to playoff bound: He was able to trade Andrea Bargnani’s huge contract to New York and dealt Rudy Gay to Sacramento for a whole new bench.

Best of the rest: Portland’s Neil Olshey; Houston’s Daryl Morey; Phoenix’s Ryan McDonough; Golden State’s Bob Myers.

First-team All-NBA

F LeBron James, Miami

F Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City

C Joakim Noah, Chicago

G Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers

G James Harden, Houston

The 50-point club

Wolves forward Corey Brewer scored 27 of his franchise record-tying 51 points on the fast break in Friday’s 112-110 home victory over Houston. That’s the most by any NBA player in the StatsCube database kept for the past 18 years. Here’s the top six:

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Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 4
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 5 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Allen 1
San Francisco - WP: T. Hudson 10 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 3
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick 5
Chicago WSox - LP: D. Webb 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: D. Robertson 4
Tampa Bay - WP: D. Smyly 8 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Stroman 0
Atlanta - WP: D. Hale 3 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: M. Parra 1
Seattle - WP: D. Leone 5 FINAL
Boston - LP: K. Uehara 3
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 6 FINAL
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 3
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 8 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: Y. Gallardo 3
Detroit - LP: R. Ray 6 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly 20
Miami - WP: H. Alvarez 13 FINAL
Colorado - LP: F. Morales 5
San Diego - LP: O. Despaigne 1 FINAL
Arizona - WP: J. Collmenter 5
LA Angels - LP: J. Grilli 3 FINAL
Oakland - WP: S. Gray 5
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 2 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: D. Haren 6
Carolina 7 FINAL
New England 30
NY Giants 35 FINAL
NY Jets 24
Jacksonville 12 FINAL
Detroit 13
Oakland 21 FINAL
Green Bay 31
Chicago 6 FINAL
Seattle 34
Tampa Bay 3:30 PM
Buffalo
Tennessee 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Dallas 6:00 PM
Miami
Washington 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Indianapolis
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Houston 8:00 PM
Denver
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Arizona
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:00 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
UCF 8/30/14 7:30 AM
Penn State
Real Salt Lake 1 FINAL
FC Dallas 2
Montreal 16 FINAL
Winnipeg 24
Toronto 3:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 2:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Chicago 80 FINAL
Atlanta 77
Los Angeles 72 FINAL
Phoenix 75
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