Finally, the 2016 NBA season is here! Once LeBron James and the Cavs lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June, we have seen one of the most active off-seasons in recent memory, highlighted by Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors.

In this piece, we have polled all of our NBA writers here at MyFantasySportsTalk.com to see who they believe will take home some hardware at the end of the season. Yes, we are talking individual awards.

Be sure to check out our season predictions where we picked all of the playoff teams, the NBA Finals matchup and champion…

NBA Award Predictions

Most Valuable Player

NBA Award Predictions
Russell Westbrook received the most votes for MVP from our panel or writers. (Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon Reid: Russell Westbrook

Christian Mena: LeBron James

Colby Gatz: Russell Westbrook

Dan Schalk: Anthony Davis

Dillon Davis-Tirado: LeBron James

Michael Gomez: James Harden

Malachi David: Russell Westbrook

Jeremy O’Neill: LeBron James

Rookie of the Year

Kris Dunn received the most votes for ROY. (USA TODAY Sports)
Kris Dunn received the most votes for ROY. (USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon Reid: Joel Embiid 

Christian MenaBuddy Hield

Colby GatzKris Dunn

Dan Schalk: Kris Dunn

Dillon Davis-TiradoBrandon Ingram

Michael Gomez: Brandon Ingram

Malachi DavidKris Dunn

Jeremy O’Neill: Kris Dunn

Defensive Player of the Year

Our writers have not come up with a consensus for DPOY. (USA TODAY Sports)
Our writers have not come up with a consensus for DPOY. (USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon Reid: Kawhi Leonard

Christian MenaKawhi Leonard

Colby Gatz: Kawai Leonard

Dan Schalk: Rudy Gobert

Dillon Davis-Tirado: Anthony Davis

Michael Gomez: Draymond Green

Malachi DavidHassan Whiteside

Jeremy O’Neill: Draymond Green

Most Improved Player

The majority of our NBA writers believe Russell will be the league's most improved player. (Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)
The majority of our NBA writers believe Russell will be the league’s most improved player. (Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon ReidJustise Winslow

Christian MenaEric Bledsoe

Colby GatzHarrison Barnes

Dan Schalk: Steven Adams

Dillon Davis-TiradoBrandon Jennings

Michael GomezD’Angelo Russell

Malachi DavidD’Angelo Russell

Jeremy O’Neill: D’Angelo Russell

6th Man of the Year

The 6th man award is full of parody, but Jamal Crawford a 3-time winner received the most votes by a slim margin. (Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
The 6th man award is full of parody, but Jamal Crawford, a 3-time winner, received the most votes by a slim margin. (Copyright 2014 NBAE, Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Brandon Reid: Zach Randolph

Christian Mena: Jordan Clarkson

Colby Gatz: Jamal Crawford

Dan Schalk: Greg Monroe

Dillon Davis-Tirado: Andre Iguodala

Michael Gomez: Will Barton

Malachi David: Shabazz Muhammed

Jeremy O’Neill: Jamaal Crawford

Coach of the Year

Walton and Thibs received the most votes for Coach of the Year from our writers.
Walton and Thibs received the most votes for Coach of the Year from our writers.

Brandon ReidTom Thibodeau

Christian Mena: Tyron Lue

Colby Gatz: Brad Stevens 

Dan SchalkTom Thibodeau

Dillon Davis-TiradoGregg Popovich

Michael Gomez: Luke Walton

Malachi DavidLuke Walton

Jeremy O’Neill: Steve Kerr

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