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NBA Player Awards Watch: Week 3

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Lebron is still the King of the NBA

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

MVP

Lebron James

The King has put his royal seal on the MVP award envelope. Lebron’s performance against the Wizards was incredible. His stat line of 57 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks is pure silliness. In all honesty, Lebron is probably working towards being considered the greatest ever rather than a mere single season MVP award.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

One of the hottest starts to the year might have been quelled by the King, but Giannis can still earn the MVP this season if he keeps up his ridiculous stat lines. The best thing Giannis can do is win games, as many as possible. Winning records only solidify the chance a player wins this award.

Rookie of the Year

Ben Simmons

It’s getting crazy, guys. There might be people giving Ben Simmons some MVP votes, that’s how good he’s been. 18 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.2 assists and dropping bombs like this. An incredible career has started in Philadelphia.

Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum is looking like a steal for the the Boston Celtics. If not for Ben Simmons destroying planets, Tatum would get serious consideration for ROY. Tatum has looked ready to play in the NBA from day one and puts up stats effortlessly. He’s also contributing to the current #1 defense in the NBA.

Defensive Player of the Year

Rudy Gobert

The Stifle Tower is back and crushing dreams at the rim again. The Jazz defense is at the top of the league, as everyone predicted. And this has been playing against some of the best offenses in the league. Rudy leads the league in blocks and will most likely be the best shot blocker in the NBA for years to come. All hail, Gobzilla!

Steven Adams

The Thunder’s eclectic center is proving to be the cornerstone of an excellent defense. Currently the Thunder have the second best defense in the NBA and Adams sealing off the paint is a major part of it.

6th Man of the Year

Kyle Kuzma

Larry Nance getting injured and relinquishing his starting spot to Kuzma is going to make this difficult for Kuzma to keep. And honestly he should have been starting a lot sooner. But the numbers that Kuzma are undeniable. 15.7 points off the bench for a rookie is impressive. There’s a reason the Lakers have had one of the best benches in the NBA and his name is Kuz!

Donovan Mitchell

The Spida’s last few games have been spectacular. In a win against the Portland Trailblazers Donovan put up 28 to help seal the victory. In a loss to Toronto he put up what looked like an easy 25. He also earned a fan in Demar Derozan.