A common argument is that when NBA awards are announced, they tend to miss what those awards really stand for.
The NBA.com Global staff cost the best players for what they did during this year’s postseason
The staff chose three candidates for each award, giving five points for 1st place, three points for 2nd place and one point for 3rd place.
Best Coach: Erik Spoelstra
There was a close battle between the two head coaches of the NBA Finalist teams. Frank Vogel is the head coach of the title-winning squad and knows how to respond to challenges presented his way. He was also responsible for the team’s great roster chemistry. But, Spoelstra made Miami Heat a championship contender at a time when not many expected them to be and knew how to make his team adapt to opponents they were set to face.
Breakout Player: Jamal Murray
Murray was viewed as an impactful player, especially offensively, but the problem was his inconsistency. He could drop 50 and then score 10 in his next game. He had the third-most number of points (504) in the playoffs, trailing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, both of whom played two more games than him.
6th Man: Tyler Herro
Herro was a unanimous winner. He was the most impactful bench player. As a reserve, he averaged 16.3 points (45.2% field, 36.8% three-pointers), 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 3.1 minutes.
Best Rookie: Tyler Herro
Herro had no competition in this category. The Kentucky alumni averaged 16 points (37.5% triple on 6.1 attempts), 5.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 33.6 minutes. He was the golden piece of a team that was two victories away from being crowned the champions.
Best Defensive Player: Anthony Davis
Davis was incredible on defence. He averaged 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals in the postseason while defending the most number of field goals (308), ranking third in deflections (48). He has been regarded as one of the best defenders in the entire league.
Playoffs MVP: LeBron James
Another unanimous vote, James averaged 27.6 points (56% field goals, 37% three-pointers on 5.7 attempts), 10.8 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 36.3 minutes in the postseason. For the fourth time in his 17-year-long career, he finished with at least 500 points, 200 rebounds and 150 assists.