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NBA Awards 2019 Predictions

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 26:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks is defended by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Fiserv Forum on March 26, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Just because the NBA playoffs are over doesn't mean there isn't any hardware still to be given out. The 2019 NBA Awards are here, and there are plenty of players and coaches up for recognition in the final big event until free agency.

Here's how we think things will shake out.

MVP: James Harden

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08:   James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets stands on the court during their game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five | Ezra Shaw

Harden put together one of the best scoring seasons in history for the Rockets this year and practically willed his team into the playoffs. He shot the lights out, averaging 36.4 points per game, the highest in a single season for a player not named Wilt Chamberlain. He also led the league in win shares for the third consecutive season, proving just how valuable he is.

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 16: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Utah Jazz v Philadelphia 76ers | Mitchell Leff

It's the second consecutive year Gobert is up for the award and the second consecutive year that he's going to win it. Gobert played smothering defense for the Jazz, averaging 2.3 blocks per game while posting a 100 defensive rating. Track record alone could have won him the award, but he followed up a stellar defensive campaign from the 2017-18 season with an even better one.

Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic

DALLAS, TEXAS - MARCH 26: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball downcourt against the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center on March 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks | Tom Pennington

Doncic did it all for the Mavericks in the 2018-19 season, averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists over 72 games. The third overall pick in the 2018 draft gave the franchise the young star they needed and helped them land Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks. His impact on Dallas cannot be understated, and he deserves recognition for it.

Sixth Man: Lou Williams

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 26:  Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers reacts to a Clipper foul in the first half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Six of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Six | Harry How

Who else would it be but Lou Williams? He was a true force off of the bench for the Clippers, averaging an even 20 points per game. Nobody in the NBA can quite match his production outside of a starting role, making him a virtual shoe-in to win the award for the third time in his career.

Most Improved Player: Pascal Siakam

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball on offense against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
2019 NBA Finals - Game Six | Ezra Shaw

Talk about taking a massive step forward. After an offseason of change in Toronto, Siakam stepped up and produced a phenomenal campaign for the Raptors practically out of nowhere, He averaged 16.9 points per game (more than double his average from the year before), his free-throw shooting improved from 62.1% to 78.5%, and he was absolutely vital to the team's success.

Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks watches on against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on October 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks v Charlotte Hornets | Streeter Lecka

Mike Budenholzer took a team that got bounced in the first round of the NBA playoffs last year, won 60 games (tops in the league), and brought them to within two wins of an NBA Finals appearance. He turned the Bucks into the top team in the league during the regular season and deserves to be recognized for just how special his season was.