Another NBA season is right around the corner. The action begins October 16, in fact. But before all that, it’s time to speculate. After all, speculating is almost always fun. And with another season right around the corner, it’s time to talk awards.
So from Coach of the Year to MVP, these are the individuals that will claim them this NBA season…
Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens
It’s time. The voting media is going to feel guilty for last year’s snub. The Celtics are going to win something like 60 games. The internet is going to fawn over his ability to reintegrate Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward into a team that learned how to win without them last year.
And there isn’t another obvious candidate. Quin Snyder had his Coach of the Year season last year and didn’t win. The Jazz don’t have another leap to make. Steve Kerr and Mike D’Antoni would need to win 70 games to earn real consideration. Gregg Popovich will be in the hunt if he keeps the Spurs at their 2018 level, but that seems unlikely. Luke Walton will get votes if he gets the Lakers into the top-three in the West, but that’s a bit ambitious.
Stevens has the narrative and the credentials. This is his award to lose.