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The NBA Season comes to an end tomorrow but before we reach the official end of the season we make our selections of each of the NBA year end awards.
Raining3s’ Picks of the 2014 NBA Year End Awards Video:
Information on the slides for each award and their links:
*All stats referenced are up to games completed on 4/13/15
Most Improved Player
- 53 percent increase in scoring, from 13.1 points per game in the 2013-2014 season to 20.0 points per game in 2014-15 (as of 4/14/15).
- 16 percent increase in field goal percentage, from 39.7 percent in the 2013-2014 to 46.2 percent in 2014-15.
- 57 percent increase in PER, from 13.5 in the 2013-14 season to 21.2 this season.
- Butler was named to his first NBA All-Star game.
Coach of the Year
- Kerr broke the record for most wins for a rookie head coach when he notched his 63rd win of the season.
- Coach Kerr improved essentially the same team from last season where they finished 8th overall in the NBA, to best the record in the NBA.
- The Warriors achieved the most wins of any team in franchise history, shattering the 1975-76 Warriors team that won 59 games.
- The stark improvement on both sides of the ball led to an unbelievable 113 percent increase in point differential from last year’s squad (4.8 in 2013-14 to a league high 10.2 this season),
Sixth Man of the Year
- Williams was 3rd in the league in scoring for a reserve with his 15.5 points per game average which is also a career high.
- Williams ranked 3rd on the Raptors in scoring while only receiving the 6th most minutes on the team.
- Ranked 13th in the NBA in scoring on a per 36 minute basis with a 22.2 point average (minimum 50 games played).
- Williams played in 21 more games as a reserve that Jamal Crawford and 14 more than Isaish Thomas, his 2 biggest competitors for the award.
Defensive Player of the Year
- Opponents scored -6.7 less when Green was on the court versus when off (video showed -6.3 which was as of 4/12/14).
- Green was 1 of only 2 players to average at least 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, with the other player being Nerlens Noel of the 76ers.
- Opponents shot 38.9 percent when defended by Green.
- Green helped the Warriors to the best team defensive rating and opponents field goal percentage in the NBA.
Rookie of the Year
- Won the first 4 Rookie of the Month honors for the Western Conference.
- Led all rookies in scoring average, free throw attempts and minutes.
- As of 12/23 Wiggins ranks 17th in the league in scoring with a 19.2 points per game average.
Most Valuable Player
- Led the entire NBA in total points scored, free throw attempts and the ever important category in MVP discussions, win shares.
- Finished 2nd in the NBA in scoring average at 27.5 points per game, behind Russell Westbrook.
- Harden was named NBA Western Conference Player of the month in December and January, tied for most with Lebron James and Russell Westbrook.
- Harden went 26-13 without the team’s 2nd best player, Dwight Howard, which calculates to a .667 winning percentage and kept Rockets in the battle for a top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.