Most Improved: Danny Granger- Indiana Pacers
This is tough one to predict but Granger, who is averaging 25.7 pts 5.0 reb 2.7 ast, has improved in many statistical categories from 07-08. Although Granger was not terrible in 07-08 by any means, he has risen to become an absolute superstar for the Pacers.
Rookie of the Year: Derrick Rose- Chicago Bulls
Another difficult choice but I think this one has to go to the position that Rose plays. OJ Mayo has better scoring numbers and has had some explosive games, but Derrick Rose stepped into the most difficult position in the NBA as a 20 year old and guided his team to the playoffs averaging 16.8 points and 6.3 assists.
Sixth Man: Lamar Odom- Los Angeles Lakers
Odom, who started 30 games for the Lakers this season, took a bench role when Andrew Bynum returned to the Lakers from injury. Odom is averaging 11.3 pts, 8.2 reb, and 2.6 ast. But most importantly about the sixth man position he provides that much needed spark off the bench. The attitude of the Lakers change when Odom steps on the floor which to me is a big part of being the sixth man.
Coach of the Year- Stan Van Gundy- Orlando Magic
Van Gundy was able to keep Orlando in the playoffs and carry at 22-11 record after losing their starting point guard Jameer Nelson. The Magic will finish the season with the fourth most wins in the league with a team full of disciplined role players. A good coach is able to keep his team focused even when faced with adversity.
Most Valuable Player- LeBron James- Cleveland Cavliers
His stat sheets are incredible 28.4 pts. 7.6 reb 7.2 assists. The Cavaliers have had a dream season, especially at home where they are 40-1. This is where the debate comes in about this award. Strong arguments can be made for other players around the league but Lebron is dominating in many aspects of the game, take LeBron off the Cavaliers and they will not even sniff the playoffs. Add LeBron and they can contend for the Championship.