2003 Awards Watch
COACH OF THE YEAR
Eric Musselman Golden State Warriors
After a 21-61 season last year not much was expected of the Warriors. However, under first year Coach Eric Musselman the Warriors were in the race for the final playoff spot in the West until March.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Amare Stoudemire Phoenix Suns
Statistically he is very close to the much more hyped Yao Ming. However, hype alone should not win this award. Stoudemire got the Suns into the playoffs with 0.7 more rebounds pre game then Ming.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
The key to the Pistons success, leading the NBA in rebounds while finishing 2nd in blocked shots Wallace is a no-brainer choice to capture the NBA’s top defensive award for the 2nd straight season.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Gilbert Arenas Golden State Warriors
The key to the Warriors turnaround on the court was the play of Gilbert Arena who in his 2nd season averaged 7.2 more points per game while playing in 34 more games then he did last year.
6th MAN AWARD
Corliss Williamson Detroit Pistons
Corliss Williamson the 2002 6th Man should repeat as he averaged 12.0 ppg while playing 25 minutes a game for the Pistons where he didn’t make 1 start in 81 games this season.
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
Another repeat winner Tim Duncan, who actually deserves it this year was near the top of the NBA in rebounding and points scored as he led the Spurs to the best record in the NBA.