NBA 2018-19 preseason awards predictions: LeBron James, Giannis split MVP votes; Luka Doncic ROY favorite

After a summer rife with free agent drama, trade requests and Twitter beef, the 2018-19 NBA regular season is finally about to begin. As teams finish up preseason games and practices, we thought it would be a good time for our CBS NBA experts to dish out their awards predictions for the upcoming season.

As expected, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James received plenty of nods for MVP, but he actually tied for the most votes with the Greek Freak himself, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Slovenian wunderkind Luka Doncic was the runaway winner in the Rookie of the Year category, while new Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard edged out Draymond Green, Joel Embiid and defending title-holder Rudy Gobert for Defensive Player of the Year.

Below you'll find our expert predictions for those awards, plus Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. The best part about predictions at this time of the year is that nobody's wrong. Enjoy.

2018-19 NBA Player Awards Predictions

2018-19 NBA Coach/Executive of the Year Predictions

ExpertCoach of the YearExecutive of the Year

Raja Bell

Luke Walton, Lakers

Magic Johnson, Lakers

Bill Reiter

Brad Stevens, Celtics

Magic Johnson, Lakers

Reid Forgrave

Mike Budenholzer, Bucks

Dennis Lindsey, Jazz

James Herbert

Brad Stevens, Celtics

Masai Ujiri, Raptors

Brad Botkin

Quin Snyder, Jazz

Masai Ujiri, Raptors

Colin Ward-Henninger

Mike Budenholzer, Bucks

Rob Pelinka, Lakers

Jack Maloney

Brad Stevens, Celtics

Masai Ujiri, Raptors

Michael Bohlin

Gregg Popovich, Spurs

Danny Ainge, Celtics

DJ Siddiqi

Brad Stevens, Celtics

Masai Ujiri, Raptors

Michael Kaskey-Blomain

Brad Stevens, Celtics

Bob Myers, Warriors

The 2018-19 NBA season tips off Tuesday night with a doubleheader, beginning with Kyrie Irving's Boston Celtics hosting Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers at 8 p.m. ET. Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors cap off the night hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder at 10:30 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised on TNT.

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