Newsday's Alan Hahn was selected to vote on three of the NBA's six major awards. Alan believes in full disclosure, so here's how his ballot looks:
Most valuable player
REASON: Best player in the game on the team with the best record (though not necessarily the best team in the league, if you ask us).
Most improved player
REASON: Made quantum leap into bona fide superstar; this award doesn't only go to marginal types who suddenly become good.
Defensive player of the year
REASON: Because he spikes layups like Karch Kiraly when anyone takes it to the rack against Orlando.
Our choices on the other postseason awards (which we aren't officially voting on):
Rookie of the year
REASON: Tremendous second half and ridiculous stat lines are just enough, though it's hard not to consider playoff-bound Brandon Jennings.
Coach of the year
REASON: Once again has a team overachieving and playing hard night in and night out. Question is, will he burn out quickly the way he did in Chicago?
REASON: His arrival gave the Hawks a much-needed and valuable added dimension with explosive scoring off the bench.