MVP: Kevin Garnett
All Star MVP: Tracy McGrady
Finals MVP: Tim Duncan
Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Smith
Scoring Champ: Kobe Bryant
Rookie Of The Year: Kevin Durant
All of my picks are pretty safe the way they can happen. Kevin Garnett playing in the Celtics offense around Paul Pierce in Ray Allen, as well as seeing Rajon Rondo anchor the offense, and last but not least standing as another big beside Kendrick Perkins in the starting lineup sounds pretty nice. I still think Toronto has a great shot at winning the Atlantic, and I believe they will (not going to debate this here, I will however explain my prediction in future), but we are talking about the Most Valuable Player of the regular season and Garnett has the credentials and/OR could at least build on them this season to earn it.
For the NBA Finals this season a lot of people are going with the more sexier pick in the Dallas Mavericks or the Phoenix Suns. While I’m standing biased, but bias backed with facts, I’m shielding my pick with Tim Duncan leading the Spurs to their first ever consecutive titles streak. They have never accomplished that before, but I believe it’s time to shut the critics up and force them to say that the Spurs are a dynasty, even though they already are one now.
As for the Josh Smith pick, if you have never watched this cat play then you need to watch some film of his defensive abilities. He plays hard and gets after the ball; he’s fast which gives him a leverage to keep up with the offender. Going to the Kobe Bryant pick for scoring: isn’t that safe? Who would be more safe than that? I still think he will be in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform for the entire season, and believe in a lot of scoring, as usual, by the man.
Last but not least, a seemingly other “safe pick.” Without seeing Greg Oden in action this season, at least we’ll be able to watch Kevin Durant. However, there are other rookies that could snatch this away such as Al Thornton, Corey Brewer, and a shocker in Mike Conley.