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Way Too Early 2022-23 NBA Awards Preview

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It is time! The 2022-2023 NBA Season is finally here! As the greatest sports league in the world tips-off its new campaign. Even though it’s early, let’s take a look at some NBA Awards predictions. Whether you are a betting person or just curious to about what might transpire in the coming months of professional basketball, you came to the right place!


NBA Awards: Most Valuable Player

Safe bet: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Bold bet: Zion Williamson

  • The last time we saw him play, he was scoring at a rate (in quantity and efficiency) that we had never seen before
  • He looks like he is in the best shape of his career
  • His team is primed for surprising a lot of people with their performance

Defensive Player of the Year

Safe bet: Bam Adebayo

  • The anchor of a Top 5 defense last season
  • He is the prototypical modern big, making an impact inside the paint, as well as in the perimeter
  • Seems to be healthy and ready to make an even greater impact this season

Bold bet: Evan Mobley

  • As a rookie, his team had one of the very best defenses in the NBA when he played
  • With the addition of another great scorer to the Cavs, he should be able to focus even more on the defensive end
  • Showed KG-like skills and instincts as a rookie, he should be that much better in his second season in the NBA

NBA Awards: Most Improved Player of the Year

Safe bet: RJ Barrett

  • Playing with a true PG for the first time in his professional career
  • Will play as many minutes as he possibly can under Thibs
  • The Knicks lack a clear #1 option, which gives him plenty of opportunities to take over

Bold bet: Precious Achiuwa

  • After being given consistent minutes in his second season, he is primed for a breakout year
  • His scoring should improve just from more 3-point shots alone, based on his 36% accuracy from 21-22
  • He is the ideal Center for the unique lineups the Raptors put on the floor

NBA Awards: 6th Man of the Year

Safe bet: Malcolm Brogdon

  • He is the ideal fit to lead the Celtics second unit, as well as close some games with the starters
  • The Celtics should be at the top of their conference and are very thin outside of their top 5 players
  • His shooting ability is extremely underrated and should match perfectly in Boston’s offense

Bold bet: John Wall

  • We all saw how much a year off in the previous season helped Al Horford’s last campaign, I expect Wall to experience the same type of rejuvenation
  • His name has cache and his team will have plenty of media coverage
  • The Clippers are the deepest team in the NBA, but with load management expected for both Kawhi and PG13, Wall will have plenty of opportunities to get his numbers

NBA Awards: Rookie of the Year

Safe bet: Paolo Banchero

  • In a full-mode rebuilding team, expect Paolo to play heavy minutes and to have a lot of shots available to him
  • Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs likely improvement should free up Banchero even more, with opposing Ds focusing on the team’s sophomores
  • The Magic are bound to play a lot of opposing team’s benches – once good teams open a large lead – which will make it easier on the rookie to adjust to the pro-level

Bold bet: Bennedict Mathurin

  • Unlike the vast majority of rookies, he is joining a team with a top level PG to set him up
  • The Pacers are all about the next Draft, therefore Mathurin should have green-light as often as any other rookie
  • If preseason is any indicator, his performance was impressive, scoring nearly 20 points per game, playing a shade over 23 minutes per contest

NBA Awards: Coach of the Year

Safe bet: Ty Lue

  • The award is usually given to coaches who get their teams to a higher level than their expectations, following a regrouping season and with their 2 stars back, the Clippers will bounce back
  • As a former role player, expect Lue to keep everyone engaged – even if in this deep squad they don’t always get as much playing time as they deserve

Bold bet: Willie Green

  • It cannot be overstated how impressive of a job Green did last season, keeping a young and ailing team engaged and competitive after a horrendous start, without their best player for the entire season
  • With Zion back and a full season with CJ to add to their All-Star wing in Ingram, the Pelicans will surprise a lot of people in how high their Playoff seed will be, as they won’t need the Play-In this time around

What are your NBA Awards predictions? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jay is a Basketball enthusiast, former Basketball player and coach, with experience in the game in the United States of America and in Brazil, at High School and College levels.

He is passionate about the history of the game, defense and strong team culture. He is also into analytics, which are a recurrent part of his articles.