The SB Nation NBA network picked winners in six of the seven individual league awards. We did not choose a Most Improved Player, because that award is a complete sham that never makes any sense. 2007, never forget.
In the interest of transparency, here are my votes along with the winners. There's good discussion on the R.O.Y. race over at SBNation.com -- no mention of Isaiah Thomas yet, though. (That should not be construed as a 'sic 'em'. But if you want to 'sic 'em' I am not going to stop you!)
MVP: LeBron James.
My vote: LeBron James.
He was the best player by far on one of the best teams in the league. Without him, the Heat are not a top-4 seed or title favorite. Plain and simple. If our ballots went deeper than one pick, I would have had Kevin Durant No. 2, Chris Paul No. 3, Dwight Howard No. 4 and Tyler Honeycutt No. 5.
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyson Chandler
My vote: Kevin Garnett
I can't believe Serge Ibaka almost won the real vote. I know he's an amazing shotblocker, but ... defense is more than sending back ill-considered lay-up attempts. I felt Garnett allowed the Celtics' other players to breathe easier while still maintaining the league's best opposition. He changes everything on that end when he's in the game. Frankly, Chandler does too. I have no qualms with his victory.
Rookie of the Year: Kyrie Irving
My vote: Kyrie Irving
To me, this is a no-brainer. Kenneth Faried picked up two votes. ... ... ...
Sixth Man: James Harden
My vote: James Harden
Harden won by acclimation, as well he should have.
Coach of the Year: Gregg Popovich
My vote: Ty Corbin
There are no bad votes in Coach of the Year pretty much every year. I appreciated what Corbin did with a club demoralized after last season's drop-off, with few feeling secure in their future with the team and almost no one picking them for the playoffs.
Executive of the Year: Larry Bird
My vote: Geoff Petrie
My vote: Kevin O'Connor
Exec of the Year is tough because GMs do work over a series of years. But reading the early tea leaves on Deron Williams, finding a strong package and consistently picking producers in the draft is worth a nod for O'Connor, to me. Bird did similar things in the draft (Roy Hibbert, Paul George) and made a strong deal for George Hill.
Any disagreements here?