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Players Pick NBA Award Winners

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Players Pick NBA Award Winners

Find out who Kings players and a longtime broadcaster selected as winners of the NBA’s annual awards, including MVP, Rookie of the Year and more.

With the announcement of the League’s end-of-season honorees underway, Kings players, along with Kings TV Play-By-Play Announcer Grant Napear, dish on their selections for NBA Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Man.

(Please note: Selection in bold; voter in italics.)

NBA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Kevin Durant
Aldrich
LeBron James
Evans
LeBron James
Fredette
Kobe Bryant
Johnson
LeBron James
Patterson
LeBron James
Salmons
LeBron James
Thomas
LeBron James
Thompson
LeBron James
Thornton
LeBron James
Napear

Results: James (8 votes), Bryant (1), Durant (1).

“You have a lot of good candidates this year. If I had to pick just one, I’d definitely give it to Kobe — a guy who always probably deserves it at the end of the year. He loves the game and loves to compete.” — James Johnson

“I think K.D. would be, in my mind, probably the Most Valuable Player. Obviously, playing with him, seeing the stuff he does (and) seeing his work ethic, I personally think he has a chance to win it this year.” — Cole Aldrich

NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Damian Lillard
Evans
Damian Lillard
Fredette
Damian Lillard
Hayes
Damian Lillard
Johnson
Damian Lillard
Patterson
Damian Lillard
Salmons
Damian Lillard
Thomas
Damian Lillard
Thompson
Damian Lillard
Thornton
Damian Lillard
Napear

Results: Lillard (10 votes).

“I’d give it to Damian Lillard, who’s very talented and played really well this year. I know him a little bit — he played at Weber State and I was able to watch him in college. To see him progress has been fun for me and I’m really happy for him.” — Jimmer Fredette

“For Lillard to step in and be a focal point of the team and almost get them to the eighth seed (in the Playoffs), it’s hard to give it to anyone else.” — Jason Thompson

NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tony
Allen

Aldrich
Serge
Ibaka

Douglas
Avery
Bradley

Fredette
Tony
Allen

Johnson
Larry
Sanders

Patterson
Larry
Sanders

Salmons
Avery
Bradley

Thomas
Larry
Sanders

Thompson
Tyson
Chandler

Thornton
Tyson
Chandler

Napear

Results: Sanders (3 votes), Allen (2), Bradley (2), Chandler (2), Ibaka (1).

“I’d vote for Larry Sanders, (who ranked second) in blocks, but I don’t think he’ll get it. I think (Serge) Ibaka or (Tyson) Chandler will probably get it.” — John Salmons

“Avery Bradley — he’s a guy who can really (defend) guards and he makes a big difference when he’s on the court.” — Isaiah Thomas

NBA MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Omer
Asik

Aldrich
Jrue
Holiday

Evans
Paul
George

Fredette
Stephen
Curry

Hayes
Jrue
Holiday

Outlaw
Chandler
Parsons


Patterson
Paul
George

Salmons
Jrue
Holiday

Thomas
Paul
George

Thompson
Stephen
Curry

Napear

Results: George (3 votes), Holiday (3), Curry (2), Asik (1), Parsons (1).

“Jrue Holiday improved a lot, but there are a couple of guys (in the running), with Paul George making the All-Star team for the first time.” — Tyreke Evans

“I would say (Nikola) Pekovic, but I have to go with Chandler Parsons, with what I saw from him this year.” — Patrick Patterson

NBA SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
J.R.
Smith

Douglas
J.R.
Smith


Evans
Jamal
Crawford

Fredette
J.R.
Smith

Johnson
Jamal
Crawford

Patterson
Jamal
Crawford

Salmons
Jamal
Crawford

Thomas
Jamal
Crawford

Thompson
J.R.
Smith


Thornton
Jamal
Crawford

Napear

Results: Crawford (6 votes), Smith (4).

“I’d say it’s a toss-up between J.R. and Jamal. I’d give Jamal the slight edge.” — Marcus Thornton


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