NBA Award Predictions 2014

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Feb 20, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Now that there are just three days left in the NBA season and all but one playoff spot has been clinched (the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns are battling out for the final spot), it is time to discuss a subject that almost always causes controversy – the NBA’s awards!

First, let’s take a look at last year’s winners.

MVP: LeBron James, Miami Heat
Rookie of the Year: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Defensive Player of the Year: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Sixth Man of the Year: J.R. Smith, New York Knicks
Most Improved Player: Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Coach of the Year: George Karl, Denver Nuggets

The only player with a chance to repeat is LeBron James, who is looking for his fifth MVP Award. James has been fantastic again and has the Heat primed to make a run at their third straight championship.

Gasol missed 23 games this year and hasn’t been as productive while J.R. Smith wasn’t nearly as good this season as he was last season. The Most Improved Player Award is a category that it is seemingly impossible to repeat in and George Karl was, of course, fired and is now an analyst on ESPN.

Who should win the awards this year? Click the arrow keys to find out.

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