Though he may not be a Rocket next year, he is still one of the best defenders in the league.
Previous winners of this honor in the league have included Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Dario Saric ended up leading the Sixers to a better record while Malcolm Brogdon was critical for the Bucks' success this season.
Joel Embiid was the favorite to win Rookie of the Year early in the season but he only managed to play in 31 games due to injury. Like Westbrook, Leonard also played in the Air Jordan XXXI. Which star will become the latest to join former winners that have included Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, and Dennis Rodman? The six categories in the Fan Awards are Dunk of the Year, Block of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Assist of the Year, Top Performance of the Year, and Best Style.
Gordon gets the nod over teammate Lou Williams after finishing second on the Rockets in scoring at 16.2 points per game.
Other than that, this is really an experiment that I don't think is necessary, one I don't think will work long-term and one that I imagine even most of the players don't care about one way or the other. Drake will host the show tonight and will be giving away awards such as MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and more. Tonight, a new player will add his name to that list. The three finalists for MVP are Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden and San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard.
I think the players would prefer not to have to go to NY during the time they're generally on vacation recovering from the long season; I can't imagine the two of three in each category who lose are going to enjoy themselves.
After a couple of bad stops with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, Coach D'Antoni made the most out of the talent he had on his Rockets team last season.
In fact, I'm wondering how numerous "finalists" might just take a pass on the whole thing, preferring to do whatever it is they're doing to relax instead of sitting in the audience waiting for their name not to be called and faking enthusiasm for the winners. See more details through Sling.com website for how to sign up and watch the show live online.