NBA Awards Handed Out for 2008-09 Season
The NBA has been awarding players, coaches and executives over the past couple weeks for their accomplishments to basketball this season. Among the winners, include many first timers, but we should get use to the fact that they won, because we will be seeing a lot more of them in the coming seasons.
2008-09 NBA Award Winners
MVP - Lebron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Rookie of the Year - Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Defensive Player of the Year - Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Coach of the Year - Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers
Executive of the Year - Mark Warkentien, Denver Nuggets
Really no surprises in any of these announcements. Lebron James was the best player from February on - bar none. Derrick Rose jumped out to an early lead for Rookie of the Year and never looked back. Dwight Howard has been a beast defensively all season, leading the league in both blocks and rebounds. Mike Brown led the Cavs to the best record in the NBA, so no alternatives there. The Nuggets' executive responsible for dispatching Allen Iverson and bringing Chauncey Billups back home deserves his award as well... just as the Pistons which player they'd rather have.
Howard and James, especially, figure to be listed on a yearly basis in the respective categories they won in this year. Rose may surprise people in a couple years and compete for the MVP, but is otherwise done winning season awards.