Mid-Season NBA Awards

First Team All-NBA: G James Harden, Houston Rockets, G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, F Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, F LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, C Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

Second Team All-NBA: G Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, G Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, F Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, C DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

Third Team All-NBA: G John Wall, Washington Wizards, G DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, F Anthony Davis, New Oreleans Pelicans, F Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls,                    C Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

First Team All-Rookie: C Joel Embiid, Philadelphi 76ers, F Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers, G Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks, G Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets, F Domanatas Sabonis, Oklahoma City Thunder

Second Team All-Rookie: G Buddy Hield, New Oreleans Pelicans, F Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors, F Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics, F Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers, G Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves

Defensive Player of the Year: C Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Most Improved Player: F Otto Porter Jr., Washington Wizards

Sixth Man of the Year: G Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets

Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni, Houston Rockets

Rookie of the Year: C Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers (but with teammate Dario Saric slowly gaining)

Biggest Headcase: C DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

Most Surprising Team: Houston Rockets

Most Hated Team: New York Knicks, who are so awful that they’ve shifted the hate from the Super Warriors

Old Guard who still thinks that he’s a top dog even though he kills his team every night with his shots: G Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Guy who gains a lot of steam in the second half of the year and now has the rest of the league on notice: “The Joker”, C Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Guy who has the Mamba Mentality: G Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Least Valuable Players: F Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder, C Jahlil “Slowkafor”, Philadelphia 76ers, G Kae Felder, Cleveland Cavaliers, Anyone on the Pelicans not named Anthony Davis or Jrue Holiday, the Nets’ Front Office, and Kendrick Perkins (wherever he is)

Incredibly Unnoticed but Supremely Effective Player: C Robin Lopez, Chicago Bulls

T.J. McConnell Award: G T.J. McConnell, Philadelphia 76ers (aka my idol)

And finally …

MVP: G James Harden, Houston Rockets