2016-17 NBA Preseason Award Picks: MVP up for grabs; No love for Stephen Curry?

It's that time of year again, where CBS Sports' NBA writers look into crystal balls, plug numbers into spreadsheets and make wild guesses about who will win awards at the end of the season. Will Kevin Durant's presence in the Bay Area keep Stephen Curry from his third straight Most Valuable Player trophy? Will Joel Embiid play enough minutes to stop Kris Dunn becoming the third straight Minnesota Timberwolf to win Rookie of the Year? Is Kawhi Leonard going to win Defensive Player of the Year every single season from now on?

Here are our predictions:


Bill
Reiter

Ethan
Skolnick

Matt
Moore

James
Herbert

Ananth
Pandian
Most Valuable Player

Russell
Westbrook
Thunder

LeBron
James
Cavaliers

James
Harden
Rockets

Kevin
Durant
Warriors

LeBron
James
Cavaliers
Defensive Player of Year

Draymond
Green
Warriors

Rudy
Gobert
Jazz

Rudy
Gobert
Jazz

Draymond
Green
Warriors

Kawhi
Leonard
Spurs
Sixth Man of Year

Brandon
Knight
Suns

Enes
Kanter
Thunder

Brandon
Knight
Suns

Brandon
Knight
Suns

Brandon
Jennings
Knicks
Coach of Year

Tom
Thibodeau
Timberwolves

Tom
Thibodeau
Timberwolves

Brad
Stevens
Celtics

Quin
Snyder
Jazz

Brad
Stevens
Celtics
Rookie of Year

Joel
Embiid
76ers

Joel
Embiid
76ers

Joel
Embiid
76ers

Joel
Embiid
76ers

Joel
Embiid
76ers
Most Improved Player

Harrison
Barnes
Mavericks

Devin
Booker
Suns

Devin
Booker
Suns

Dennis
Schröder
Hawks

Harrison
Barnes
Mavericks
Executive of Year

Bob Myers
Warriors

Bob Myers
Warriors

Bob Myers
Warriors

Bob Myers
Warriors

Bob Myers
Warriors
Stephen Curry stands for the anthem
The reigning back-to-back MVP is not expected to repeat for a third straight season. USATSI

Bill Reiter

Ethan Skolnick

Matt Moore

James Herbert

Ananth Pandian
All-NBA First Team

Steph Curry
Warriors

Steph Curry
Warriors

Steph Curry
Warriors

Steph Curry
Warriors

Steph Curry
Warriors

Russell Westbrook
Thunder

Russell Westbrook
Thunder

James
Harden
Rockets

James
Harden
Rockets

Russell Westbrook
Thunder

LeBron James
Cavaliers

LeBron James
Cavaliers

LeBron James
Cavaliers

LeBron James
Cavaliers

LeBron James
Cavaliers

Kevin Durant
Warriors

Kevin Durant
Warriors

Kevin Durant
Warriors

Kevin Durant
Warriors

Kevin Durant
Warriors

Karl-Anthony Towns
Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns
Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns
Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns
Timberwolves

DeMarcus Cousins
Kings
All-NBA Second Team

Damian
Lillard
Trail Blazers

Damian
Lillard
Trail Blazers

Russell Westbrook
Thunder

Russell Westbrook
Thunder

Kyle
Lowry
Raptors

James Harden
Rockets

James Harden
Rockets

Chris Paul
Clippers

Chris Paul
Clippers

James Harden
Rockets

Paul George
Pacers

Anthony Davis
Pelicans

Blake Griffin
Clippers

Anthony Davis
Pelicans

Anthony Davis
Pelicans

Kawhi Leonard
Spurs

Kawhi Leonard
Spurs

Kawhi Leonard
Spurs

Kawhi Leonard
Spurs

Kawhi Leonard
Spurs

DeMarcus Cousins
Kings

Andre Drummond
Pistons

DeMarcus Cousins
Kings

Marc
Gasol
Grizzlies

Andre
Drummond
Pistons
All-NBA Third Team

Chris Paul
Clippers

Chris Paul
Clippers

Damian Lillard
Trail Blazers

Kyle Lowry
Raptors

Chris Paul
Clippers

Andrew Wiggins
Timberwolves

Kyrie Irving
Cavaliers

Klay Thompson
Warriors

Gordon Hayward
Jazz

Damian Lillard
Trail Blazers

Draymond Green
Warriors

Paul George
Pacers

Paul George
Pacers

Paul George
Pacers

Paul George
Pacers

Anthony Davis
Pelicans

Blake Griffin
Clippers

Anthony Davis
Pelicans

Blake Griffin
Clippers

Blake Griffin
Clippers

DeAndre
Jordan
Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins
Kings

DeAndre
Jordan
Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins
Kings

Karl-Anthony Towns
Timberwolves
James Harden looks a little confused
James Harden isn't getting much love for All-NBA First Team. Scoring Leader? That's a different story. USATSI


Bill
Reiter

Ethan
Skolnick

Matt
Moore

James
Herbert

Ananth
Pandian
Scoring leader

Russell Westbrook
Thunder

Russell Westbrook
Thunder

James Harden
Rockets

James Harden
Rockets

James Harden
Rockets
Eastern Conference Champion
Western Conference Champion
NBA Champion
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