NLJ’s 2020 NBA Awards Picks

The No Limit Jumper staff picks their 2020 NBA award winners. Lebron for MVP? GIannis? Does James Harden have a chance?


Coach of the Year

2020 Finalists

Mike Budenholzer

Billy Donovan

Nick Nurse

Sean: Nick Nurse

The 2020 NBA Awards COTY is the closest race in my opinion.  You can’t go wrong with any of these guys but to me, the job Nick Nurse has done this year is exceptional. Maintaining their contender status while losing Kawhi Leonard was huge but I think Nurse’s largest impact has been on defense.  He’s made the Raptors into one of the stingiest teams in the NBA.  He fills the floor with long and athletic defenders who get in your face and disrupt passing lanes.  The Raptors have a legitimate shot to repeat for the title this year and that’s due mostly to Nick Nurse being able to adjust on the fly and get the most out of his roster. 


Brandon: Nick Nurse

This is an easy one. As much as I would have loved to pitch Vogel to you all, Nurse deserves this award. To lose Kawhi and then win more games this season, that’s a win for me. I don’t know if they can win the title, but this award is a regular season award. 


Rami: Nick Nurse

Despite losing a top-three player on the planet this offseason, Nurse and the Raptors showed no signs of slowing down, finishing second in the Eastern Conference. They are a sleeper contender this postseason, and an under-the-radar threat to all the other superteams. It would be foolish not to credit Nurse for the Raptors’ continued dominance and superior player development. Thanks to Nurse, Toronto is an organized team with boatloads of talent and clear chemistry.

Nick Nurse gets all three votes for COTY

Written in collaboration by Sean Curley, Rami Marinoff and Brandon Rosenthal.

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2 responses to “NLJ’s 2020 NBA Awards Picks”

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    Mark Nialis

    Big Bird nailed it except for MVP…. I’d give the MVP to LeBron as he lifted and carried a team flawed in shooting the three.

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    Big Bird

    Big Bird’s picks…
    MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo – easy pick, has taken a subpar Bucks team from 4 years ago to a strong championship contender this season – without him they would be an average team.
    ROTY: Ja Morant – easily the most exciting rookie to watch this season as well as helping to lead his team to the playoffs (sorta)
    DPOY: Giannis Antetokounmpo – I promise I’m not wet on this guy, but his length, speed, quickness and court IQ makes him a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end!
    Sixth Man: Lou Williams – the seasoned veteran knows his role and embraces it every season…that role being a scoring machine and a tough defender.
    MIP: Bam Adebayo – easy pick here, going from a little known player to a household name among nba fans with his versatile playing style and role playing on the Heat. He’s been helping them go up 3-0 on the Pacers!
    COTY: Nick Nurse – the NBA champion last year hasn’t missed a beat this season and has put his team in a strong position to repeat with Leonard

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