NBA Awards 2012: LeBron James Leads All-Defensive Team

Gregg Popovich is your 2012 Coach of the Year, Tyson Chandler won Defensive Player Of The Year, Ryan Anderson claimed Most Improved, James Harden won Sixth Man, LeBron James won MVP and Kyrie Irving won Rookie of the Year.

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All-NBA Teams Introduce The Dynamic Duo Era

Ever since LeBron, Wade and Bosh joined forces in Miami, the progression has been toward superstars teaming up together, a trend reflected in this year's All-NBA selections where four of the five first teamers have teammates on the second or third team.

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MVP Was Obvious As SB Nation Bloggers Pick The NBA Award Winners

Our NBA bloggers got together to choose their picks for the various league awards. There was little consensus and possibly some blackmail. But in the end, there was no question about the major prizes.

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Ryan Anderson To Be Named 2012 NBA Most Improved Player, According To Report

Orlando Magic power forward Ryan Anderson will be named the NBA's 2012 Most Improved Player award winner, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Anderson led the NBA in both three-pointers attempted and made and was one of the league's best offensive rebounders and most efficient scorers.

He increased his per-game scoring from 10.6 to 16.1 points, but that was actually due to a big increase in playing time, as Anderson became the starting power forward when Brandon Bass was traded to the Boston Celtics. Anderson earned an extra 10 minutes per game this season; the only area in which he improved on a per-minute basis over last season is in offensive rebounding. Otherwise, he was almost exactly the same player as in 2010-11 -- which is to say, a very good player -- but just with more of an on-court presence.

Anderson's honor continues Orlando's streak of postseason recognition, which is necessary because Dwight Howard's Defensive Player of the Year run was broken by Tyson Chandler.

For more on the Magic, visit Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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