Philippines, 19 Jan 2020
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


Harden, a cinch for NBA MVP honor


PhilBoxing.com




On June 25, the NBA will honor Season 2017-2018?s top individual performers in its Awards Night at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

With barely over a week away from the much-awaited ceremony, only James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Western Conference?s losing finalists, looks a cinch to clinch the much-coveted Most Valuable Player honor in the eyes of the CBS Sports Awards experts, who are unanimous in their pick.

Making up the Awards experts panel are sports journalists James Herbert, Brad Botkin, Reid Forgrave, Colin Ward-Henninger, Jack Maloney and Chris Barnewal.

Other top contenders for the highest individual honor are Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, controversial winner of last year?s derby who failed to lead his team past the first round of the playoffs; Cleveland Cavaliers? forward LeBron James; Milwaukee Bucks? forward Giannis Antetokounmpo; and Warriors teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of back-to-back NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Contenders were named as a result of fan votes that gave players five votes for first place, three for second and one for third.

The names of Durant, this and last season?s back-to-back Finals MVP, and Curry were not included in the original list of nominees and were added only after the Warriors beat the Rockets in seven games to arrange the stage for a showdown with the Cavs for the title.

Both are considered long shots though to win the top award, which put premium more on individual performance of the contenders their value to their teams.

Awards experts are one in selecting Harden for MVP, but not everyone sees eye-to-eye when it comes to Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year or who should be Coach of the Year.

Five of the CBS experts choose Ben Simmons for the ROY award with one voting for Donovan Mitchell. The DPOY went to Rudy Gobert, who garnered four votes as against Joel Embiid?s two.

If the experts? choice comes true to form, Boston?s Brad Stevens should win the Coach off the Year honor at the expense Toronto?s Dwane Casey, same with Daryl Morey who looks to have the edge over Danny Ainge for the Executive of the Year race.

Like in the MVP derby, the CBS panel seems to favor Victor Oladipo as the Most Improved Player. Ditto for Lou Williams as the Sixth Man of the Year.

Besides the league's top awards, including the MVP, ROY and DPOY, also to be announced are the composition of the All-NBA teams as well as several honors Dunk of the Year and Performance of the Year.

Harden emerges as the runaway winner of the MVP, panel member Botkin reasons out, for being the best player on the best team all season. He led the league in scoring at over 30 a game and was fourth in assists.

?And, most importantly, he's been the runner-up two of the last three years. It's his turn. You can argue about whether that should (be used) as factor into the award, but the reality is that it does. Harden will win MVP, and it won't be close,? Botkin explained.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Eddie Alinea.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Triple WBA World Title Rumble in "KO To Drugs" Festival in Panama
    By Carlos Costa, , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • QUIGG AND CARROLL CLASH IN MANCHESTER
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • Floyd needs Manny to stay relevant
    By Joaquin Henson, , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • VLADIMIR SHISHKIN REGISTERS UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY ON 250th EDITION OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FRIDAY ON SHOWTIME®
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • Blair 'The Flair' Cobbs Battles Samuel Kotey on Valentines Day Live on DAZN
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • BOXING COMMENTATOR DAVIES SAYS PACQUIAO-MCGREGOR FIGHT COULD EARN $250 MILLION AND MANNY WILL WIN BY KO
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • JULIAN WILLIAMS VS. JEISON ROSARIO OFFICIAL WEIGHTS
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • Denver Nuggets outshines Golden State Warriors, 134-131 in riveting Overtime
    By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • Split-T Management's World Ranked Junior Lightweight Abraham Nova Makes Top Rank Debut Against Pedro Navarrete in Verona, New York
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • Weigh-In Results: Eleider Alvarez vs. Michael Seals and Felix Verdejo vs. Manuel-Rey Rojas
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • Weights from Hallandale, Florida
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • KEELER: ‘DELUDED’ ANDRADE IS WRONG TO LOOK PAST ME
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • NBA Daily: Ingram’s 49 Trumps Mitchell’s 46, as Pelicans Outlast Jazz 138-132 in Overtime
    By Reylan Loberternos, , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • YAFAI AND CHOCOLATITO CLASH IN TEXAS
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • NBA -- RoLo tells PhilBoxing: "I need of that Jollibee spaghetti"
    By Japheth Bandi, , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • JONES TAKES ON TEAM USA CAPTAINCY
    , Sat, 18 Jan 2020
  • Snips and Snipes 16 January 2020: Wilder-Fury Buildup
    By Eric Armit, , Fri, 17 Jan 2020
  • VLADIMIR SHISHKIN VS. ULISES SIERRA OFFICIAL WEIGHTS & QUOTES
    , Fri, 17 Jan 2020
  • JULIAN WILLIAMS VS. JEISON ROSARIO FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    , Fri, 17 Jan 2020
  • Light Heavyweight Rivals Eleider Alvarez and Michael Seals Give Back to Local Children Ahead of Saturday's ESPN-Televised Main Event
    , Fri, 17 Jan 2020
  • JASON QUIGLEY TO BATTLE OSCAR 'RATON' CORTES IN THE MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY AND DAZN'S THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
    , Fri, 17 Jan 2020
  • NBA -- Bulls "dig one out" against Wiz
    By Andrew Schroeder, , Fri, 17 Jan 2020
  • TRIO OF TOP PROSPECTS BRINGING DETROIT TO WINNAVEGAS CASINO IN IOWA THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, FOR 250TH EDITION OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
    , Fri, 17 Jan 2020
  • NBA Daily: Fultz Posts Triple-Double to Help Magic Upset Lakers in a 119-118 Thriller in LA
    By Reylan Loberternos, , Fri, 17 Jan 2020
  • CHRISTY MARTIN VISITS EVAN “Yung Holy” HOLYFIELD at HOUSTON TRAINING CAMP WHILE HE PREPARES FOR FEBRUARY 8 FIGHT at HARD ROCK HOTEL DAYTONA BEACH
    , Fri, 17 Jan 2020




  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2020 philboxing.com.