Philadelphia 76ers: 2019-20 NBA award predictions

Joel Embiid | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Joel Embiid | Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Ashley Foltz

  • MVP — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Defensive Player of the Year — Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Sixth Man of the Year — Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Most Improved Player — Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Rookie of the Year — Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Coach of the Year — Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers
  • 1st Team All-NBA
    • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
    • James Harden, Houston Rockets
    • Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
    • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
    • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2nd Team All-NBA
    • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
    • Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers
    • LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
  • 3rd Team All-NBA
    • Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
    • Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
    • Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
    • Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
    • Al Horford, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1st Team All-Defense
    • Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers
    • Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers
    • Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
    • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
  • 2nd Team All-Defense
    • Robert Covington, Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
    • Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
    • Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Al Horford, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1st Team All-Rookie
    • Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
    • Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers
    • R.J. Barrett, New York Knicks
    • Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
    • Grant Williams, Boston Celtics
  • 2nd Team All-Rookie
    • Coby White, Chicago Bulls
    • Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks
    • Jarrett Culver, Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Brandon Clarke, Memphis Grizzlies

There are a few different potential MVP candidates to look at for this upcoming season. If Joel Embiid can stay healthy then he’ll make a great case for himself. Kahwi Leonard, with his new squad, has a substantial probability of earning this award. Ultimately, I think the reigning MVP will take home this award again. The Greek Freak has shown us how much of an unstoppable force he can be, both offensively and defensively.

If Joel Embiid remains healthy and plays a majority of the games this season he’ll finally be able to take home the award that he deserves. The big man is one of the best rim protectors in the league and is in total control when the Sixers are on defense. We can expect the usual from Embiid of swatting at shots and chasing down his defenders like nobody’s business.

This is sort of an easy pick for Sixth Man of the Year. I can definitely see Lou Williams winning his fourth, sixth-man award of his career. He has an even greater foundation to work with this season as he’ll hop into the rotation with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. We can expect to see him come off the bench with a powerful force of helping his teammates excel while also getting a few buckets of his own.

I think this one may be a given…If what we’ve seen from the monstrous power forward out of Duke is converted into the NBA, then Zion Williamson has a great chance at winning Rookie of the Year. He has been compared to LeBron James for crying out loud…The King…He’ll get lots of playing time this season to prove himself. We’ll also get to see what he does alongside beloved veteran Jrue Holiday.

Maybe it’s the optimist in me, but I truly think that this is going to be a breakout year for Ben Simmons. We’ve all seen the summer gym videos of him hitting some pretty nice jumpers and working on his shot. If all of that can translate to real gameplay, then there’s no reason why Simmons wouldn’t have an outstanding season.

With the helpful supporting cast of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet and more Doc Rivers will have the perfect pieces to coach a successful season. He’s known for his Hall-of-Fame coaching skills, so with this specific team this year, he has a significant chance at winning Coach of the Year.