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By: John Morgan Francis


In spite of the NBA Awards being aired tonight, Live at 9 P.M. EDT on TNT, I’ve decided to release my own selection of awards. I’ll select the All-NBA First Second & Third Teams, All-NBA Defensive First & Second Teams, All-NBA Rookie First & Second Teams, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and the Most Valuable Player.


All-NBA Team

First Team

Guard: Russell Westbrook

Guard: James Harden

Forward: Lebron James

Forward: Kawhi Leonard

Center: Anthony Davis


Second Team

Guard: Isaiah Thomas

Guard: John Wall

Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Forward: Kevin Durant

Center: Demarcus Cousins


Third Team

Guard: Steph Curry

Guard: Demar Derozan

Forward: Jimmy Butler

Forward: Paul George

Center: Karl-Anthony Towns


All-NBA Defensive Team

First Team

Guard: Avery Bradley

Guard: Patrick Beverly

Forward: Kawhi Leonard

Forward: Draymond Green

Center: Rudy Gobert


Second Team

Guard: John Wall

Guard: Klay Thompson

Forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Forward: Paul Millsap

Center: DeAndre Jordan


All-NBA Rookie Team

First Team

Guard: Malcolm Brogdon

Guard: Buddy Hield

Forward: Marquese Chriss

Forward: Dario Saric

Center: Joel Embiid


Second Team

Guard: Jamal Murray

Guard: Yogi Ferrell

Forward: Brandon Ingram

Forward: Jaylen Brown

Center: Domantas Sabonis


Defensive Player of the Year

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs


Rookie of the Year

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers


Most Improved Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks


Coach of the Year

Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics


Sixth Man of the Year

Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets


Most Valuable Player

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder



Twitter Handle: @MonJorgan