BLOGGERS' BALLOTS: Picks for 6th Man, DPoY and Rookie of the Year
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 09, 2019 01:21 PM
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With the 2018-19 NBA regular season drawing to a close, here are the NBA PH bloggers' picks for the Sixth Man of the Year award, Defensive Player of the Year award, and Rookie of the Year award.
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Anton Roxas: Lou Williams (LA Clippers)
It’s not even close. He’s the leading scorer (20.1 PPG) on a team that was not expected to make the Playoffs.
Migs Bustos: Lou Williams (LA Clippers)
I was rooting for Derrick Rose to get an award this year, and this was the closest that he could’ve achieved. However, I have to give it to Lou Williams behind 20 points, and five assists per game. He was more consistent than Rose (73 games compared to only 51 by Rose). Also, Williams is the type of impact player, that if you place him in any team, it is certain that he is going to produce. He has fueled the playoff hopes of the Clippers and is a key piece to their unexpected success.
Enzo Flojo: Lou Williams (LA Clippers)
Easier pick than MVP. Williams, for me, isn't just the 6MOY this season. He should be enshrined in the Hall of Fame one day for being the most consistent 6MOY in NBA history. I mean, he's already 32 but still managed to score upwards of 20 points per outing this season for a Clippers team that is holding on to the 6th seed in the West.
Marco Benitez: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)
Why not? The guy has practically won every award and will definitely be a first ballot Hall of Famer, but this season he’s come off the bench and has still managed to rack up 14.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.1 apg while shooting a career-best 32 percent from 3. He’s also still been able to deliver in the clutch for the Heat. Lou Williams of the Clips will likely win this award though, after his team has surprised everyone by entering the playoffs, but for all the Flash has done for the NBA, let’s just give him this one last parting gift.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Anton Roxas: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
This might raise a few eyebrows, but I don’t care. Because I’m pretty sure a lot of eyebrows were raised as well when he blocked Joel Embiid’s dunk attempt and put him flat on his back. Yes! Giannis gets my vote for DPOY. Name another player in the league who can seriously guard all positions.
Migs Bustos: Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
I actually had a hard time deciding who to pick for this category. There are a number of players that can fittingly win this award, such as Paul George, Andre Drummond, Giannis Antetounkounmpo. Ultimately, I was torn between George and Rudy Gobert of the Jazz. George has a DRTG of 105, meaning the Thunder give up 105 points per 100 possessions with him on the court. Gobert's DRTG though is a flat 100. Comparing their teams' DRTGs produces similar results: the Thunder surrender 107.0 points per 100 possessions, while the Jazz are only at 105.4. So it's Gobert for me.
Enzo Flojo: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
This is the toughest for me to pick, mainly because Paul George has been the best perimeter defender and Rudy Gobert the best in the paint this season, BUT allow me to make a case for Giannis as DPOY, too. The Greek Freak's length makes opponents stay up at night, whether he's at the perimeter or when protecting the cup. His defensive impact has made a stronger overall impact for his team, which is why for me, he's the DPOY.
Marco Benitez: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
I’m actually going out on a limb and give this to Giannis as well. Because of his length and athleticism (and in huge part as well, Milwaukee’s defensive scheme), Giannis affects opponents’ offense more than the obvious blocks and steals. Giannis is among the top 20 in the league in steals+blocks per game (2.77), and when he is on the floor, his team ranks 4th in defensive rating, allowing only 99.9 pts per 100 possessions. That’s at least 3-4 points per 100 better than either Utah’s with Gobert (102.8), Indiana’s with Myles Turner (103.2), or Philly’s with Joel Embiid (103.3).
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Anton Roxas: Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
The 20-year-old former Euroleague MVP has erased all doubt regarding his ability to handle the physicality of the NBA game. His numbers (21.2 PPG 7.7 RPG 5.9 APG) are the best among other fellow rookie standouts, namely Trae Young and Deandre Ayton.
Migs Bustos: Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
Okay. Stats-wise it is a challenge to decide. Doncic's averages are 21 points, 7 rebounds, and close to 6 assists. Young averages 19 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. If it were up to me, I’d make them co-Rookies of the Year, forgetting about their win-loss records.
But if I had to choose one, it’ll be Doncic. Both are phenomenal, but Luka stands out. Both are playing like veterans, but Luka looks like he’s been doing this for a longer time. Luka has the makings of a franchise, max-contract player. And it won’t be long until he becomes exactly that.
Enzo Flojo: Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
Two-horse race, this one. It has come down to Luka Doncic and Trae Young, with both rooks having amazing debuts in the best league in the world. I love how Young has just popped the cap in the second half of the season, but Doncic's body of work from October to April has just been a bit more stellar, as he has put up 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.3 triples, and 1.1 steals per game.
Marco Benitez: Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
While the ROY race is turning out to be not as one-sided as we thought due to a late season surge by Trae Young, Doncic has almost singlehandedly made the Mavs relevant again, despite the absence of still-injured, and now controversy-stricken Kristaps Porzingis. His usage rate is tops among rookies at 29%, and he has shown the league that not only can he live up to his pre-draft hype, but that he can do much more, even against elite competition in the NBA. While Trae Young deserves honorable mention for a late season surge as the Hawks’ lead playmaker, HaleLuka (21.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 5.9 apg, 32.6% 3P%) still wins this award hands down.
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