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NBA.com ignores Celtics in End-of-Season Award projections

 NBA.com has presented their projected picks for individual end-of-season awards - including MVP, Sixth-man-of-the-Year and Coach of the year. Currently the best team in the League, the Boston Celtics, only saw one vote out of 35 cast for a member of The Green.

Five writers cast their votes for their choices on seven (7) categories, and Steve Aschburner picked the Celtics Jayson Tatum as the potential most Valuable Player. No other member of the Celtics was mentioned.


Aschburner went with Tatum-for-MVP due to him being the best player on the best team. Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid (twice)and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also received MVP votes, but Embiid is not on track as of the present to play the 65 games necessary to earn the prize.

The NBA.com writers mentioned four different players for 6th-Man-of-the-Year - Tim Hardaway, Jr. getting the nod with two votes. But how about Boston's Al Horford? A requirement is that a player needs to come of the bench in more games than he starts. So far, Al qualifies - and he more-than-qualifies in what he offers to the "current best team in the NBA". 

Coach of the year? Mark Daigneault, coach of the OKC Thunder took this one with 3-out-of-5 votes. True, Mark has done a great job with his crew this season, and the record shows it. Is it NBA.com's view that such a talented team as the Celtics could be operating as a fine-tuned unit with any coach at the helm? Joe Mazzulla has shown near-brilliance in directing The Green this season.

I can't argue about the Clutch-Player-of-the-Year choices made by the voters. Steph Curry won out with three votes, and Tyrese Haliburton got two votes. Ditto for Defensive-Player-of-the-Year - which was taken by Rudy Gobert. And as far as Rookie-of-the-Year, no Celtics qualifies.

The NBAS.com crew did not mention Exec-of-the-Year, but Brad Stevens has to be in that conversation. He made some bold-and-effective moves that would have made Red Auerbach proud. 

That's it, folks. Your thoughts.



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