This season we have seen some stellar performances from players. There were stars who broke out from their shells and has elevated their gameplay to a level which most can’t reach. Among these players are a handful of them who have been awarded for their style of game which has helped them elevate their team to new heights. The players, fans and the media have a hand in awarding the players with votes. With that being said these are the winners of the major awards of the 2021-22 regular season.
Most Valuable Player
Nikola Jokic won the MVP for the second year in a row. He has put up averages of 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. He led the Denver Nuggets to the playoffs single-handedly and they did not even have to see the play-in tournament. Although they got bounced in the 1st round of the playoffs itself, yet Jokic’s MVP caliber season cannot be dismissed and he has certainly earned the rights to be called an MVP.
Defensive Player of The Year
Marcus Smart has bagged the Defensive Player of the Year award, becoming the second point guard in NBA history to carve his name in the award. Smart has always been known to be a tenacious defender and this season he has further improved his defense to reach new heights. He has stole the ball 1.7 times per game which is a testament of his lockdown defense. His defensive value in the Celtics team is the reason why they have been doing so well in the playoffs too.
Most Improved Player
This season where a lot of stars broke out to perform in an elite level, Ja Morant took the cake in this category. He has jumped from putting up 19.1 points per game to 27.4 points and has certainly led the Grizzlies to the 2nd seed in the Western Conference. Putting up such a stellar performance in just his 3rd season in the league has placed him among the NBA Greats. It will be interesting to see how much more Morant continues to develop his game.
Sixth Man of The Year
Coming off the bench, a player can create such an impact that they can change the flow of the game. This season, it was a clear cut decision on who the winner was and deservingly so Tyler Herro became the victor. For this season, Herro has averaged 20.7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game, being the second leading scorer for the Miami Heat. His impact on the court coming off the bench is the reason why the Heat have placed in the 1st seed in such a competitive Eastern Conference.
Rookie of the Year
This award is given to the rookie who performs the best in his first season as soon as he came into the league. The player who had the most impact for his team and even being a major piece in leading the Toronto Raptors to the Playoffs. That player is Scottie Barnes who has averaged 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Although he had a great start to his career, it is to be seen how much farther this young player can go.
Coach of the Year
Coaches are a necessary component in any NBA team. Especially for a championship-level team, the coach has to vocal and time his strategies right. This year Phoenix Suns’ head coach Monty Williams has been recognized for the award. The Phoenix Suns were just head and shoulders above the rest of the teams this season and Williams surely played a huge part in leading his team to such a record.
These were the recipient of the major categorical awards for the season. Of course some of the awards could have one either way but the end result is what has been announced. Congratulations to all of these recipients and we will be seeing much of them in the upcoming seasons whether they can sustain this level of progress.