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As the playoffs approach, the biggest surprise of the season is likely the success of the New York Knicks. For the first time since 2013, the Knicks have reached the postseason and they did so without a true superstar leading the team.
In place of a superstar, the team is led on the court by Julius Randle and head coach Tom Thibodeau. Both of whom fans believe will finish the season with an individual award. 69 percent of fans around the league believe Randle should win the 2020-21 Most Improved Player award. The next closest player, Michael Porter Jr., received 11 percent of the vote.
There are two possible Cavs candidates: Darius Garland and Collin Sexton. Garland would seem to be the better candidate considering he made a real leap from year one to year now. But a second-year player isn’t likely to win the award, so maybe he or another Cavalier could win it in the future.
50 percent of national fans believe Thibodeau has earned the Coach of the Year award this season. Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams took 23 percent. Not surprisingly, there is no real buzz for J.B. Bickerstaff here. Thibs is very deserving, though.
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