The latest edition of Awards Watch is out and a few Celtics make our weekly look at frontrunners for the NBA's end-of-the-season hardware.
GarnettIn the Most Valuable Player watch, Kevin Garnett slides into the Top 10, holding down the final spot previously occupied by now-injured teammate Rajon Rondo. Curator Maurice Brooks quotes Dirk Nowitzki (who tops the list) saying: "I don't think Ray Allen or Paul Pierce were great defenders before KG got there, but KG with his energy and influence and high octane kind of changed the mentality."
Garnett also remains at the top of the Defensive Player of the Year watch (the spot this writer ranked him while penning that category last week). This time around, good friend Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles writes, "The Lakers are going for their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance, and it occurred to me that the Celtics would be, too, if Garnett hadn't been injured during the 2009 playoffs. The Celtics are riding a 13-game winning streak, and the 16-year veteran had two steals or more in seven of those games."
DavisThis week, this writer got to pen the Sixth Man of the Year category and we continued to champion Glen Davis' cause, placing him second behind only the Mavericks' Jason Terry. Here's our blurb: "Davis is averaging career highs at 12.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. He's also able to play both the power forward and center spots, bouncing seamlessly from scrapping with the bigs under the rim to picking-and-popping from 18 feet. (He's shooting a solid 40 percent from midrange.) Davis has been the only consistent contributor off the Boston bench this season."
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