A recent post in the Overstated NBA Facebook group encouraged members to input their predictions on who’d take home the individual award hardware this season.
This poll consists of the entries of 24 group members – a sample size that an amateur statistician like myself would call “good enough”.
Thank you to Dave Evans for starting the predictions thread and allowing us to gather this extremely important, and bulletproof data.
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
- Luka Dončić (8)
- Nikola Jokić (6)
- Damian Lillard (5)
Others receiving votes: Anthony Davis (3), Kevin Durant (2)
Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY)
- Anthony Davis (10)
- Bam Adebayo / Ben Simmons (5)
- Joel Embiid (3)
Others receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo (1)
Rookie of the Year (ROY)
- Obi Toppin (6)
- LaMelo Ball (5)
- Isaac Okoro / Deni Avdija (3)
Others receiving votes: Cole Anthony & Tyrese Haliburton (2), Patrick Williams, Killian Hayes & Malachi Flynn (1)
Most Improved Player (MIP)
- OG Anunoby (4)
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (3)
- Markelle Fultz / Jamal Murray / Michael Porter Jr. (2)
Others receiving votes: Lonnie Walker IV, Tyler Herro, Darius Bazley, Andrew Wiggins, Lauri Markkanen, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, Fred VanVleet, Josh Richardson & Lonzo Ball (1)
Coach of the Year (COY)
- Doc Rivers (8)
- Steve Nash (6)
- Mike Malone (4)
Others receiving votes: Monty Williams (2), Rick Carlisle, Terry Stotts, Frank Vogel, Erik Spoelstra
Sixth Man of the Year (6MOY)
- Danilo Gallinari (6)
- Montrezl Harrell (4)
- Dennis Schröder / Jordan Clarkson (2)
Others receiving votes: Spencer Dinwiddie, Derrick Rose, Patty Mills, Jordan Poole, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Lou Williams, Serge Ibaka, Marcus Smart, Caris LaVert (1)
The 2020-21 season is just four days away. Buckle up! We’ll loop back in May to see how these predictions shook out.
For now, join in on the discussion in the Overstated NBA Facebook group and listen to the excellent Overstated Podcast on all major podcasting platforms!