2004 Awards Watch

COACH OF THE YEAR

Hubie Brown
Memphis Grizzlies

The 70-year old Brown used old school wisdom to get the Grizzlies into the playoffs with 50 wins in the tough Western Conference. Prior to this season the most wins the Grizzlies ever had was 28.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Carmelo Anthony
Denver Nuggets

The debate will rage on no matter who wins this award in the end, both were statistically close and led their teams to vastly improved seasons, although Anthony was able to guide the Nuggets into the playoffs.However James was everything the Cavs expected and more and revitalized a dead franchise. Twice in the last 10 years the Rookie of the Year was split, this year should be the 3rd they both deserve it.

6th MAN AWARD

Manu Ginobili
San Antonio Spurs

Manu Ginobili continued the clutch shooting he showed in the NBA Finals all season while coming off the bench for the Spurs averaging 12.8 ppg and 4.5 rebounds off the bench, and he is truly the Spurs secret weapon.

NBA MVP

Kevin Garnett
Minnesota Timberwolves

After finishing second in MVP voting last season Garnett is the clear choice this year as he was the best player in the NBA all season averaging in scoring and rebounding with 24.2 and 13.9, while leading the T-Wolves to the best record in the West.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

Carlos Boozer
Cleveland Cavaliers

In his second season Carlos Boozer, benefiting from LeBron James, improved in all statistical categories averaging 5.5 more points per game and 3.9 more rebounds, as the Cavaliers nearly made the playoffs.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers

The debate will rage on no matter who wins this award in the end, both were statistically close and led their teams to vastly improved seasons, although Anthony was able to guide the Nuggets into the playoffs.However James was everything the Cavs expected and more and revitalized a dead franchise. Twice in the last 10 years the Rookie of the Year was split, this year should be the 3rd they both deserve it.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ben Wallace
Detroit Pistons

Wallace should be able to receive his 3rd straight Defensive Player of the Year award as the Pistons continued to be one of the leagues stingiest defenses holding teams under 70 points several times.

NBA MVP

Kevin Garnett
Minnesota Timberwolves

After finishing second in MVP voting last season Garnett is the clear choice this year as he was the best player in the NBA all season averaging in scoring and rebounding with 24.2 and 13.9, while leading the T-Wolves to the best record in the West.

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