Knicks First Half of the Season Awards

Introduction

The New York Knicks are a very impressive 19-18 sitting right above .500 heading into the all-star break. There are many very important players that helped propel the Knicks to this record. Overall, the Knicks are doing very impressive in this 2020-2021 NBA season as they look to make the playoffs in the East for the first time in many years.

Knicks MVP

The New York Knicks Most Valuable Player so far this season is Julius Randle.

Randle is averaging 23.1 points per game adding 11 rebounds per game with 5.5 assists per game. Additionally, Randle is shooting 48 percent from the field with 41.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent shooting from the free-throw line.

Julius Randle is by far having the best season of his young career as he is an all star for the first time in his career this season. With a new coach and mostly a new team, Randle took on the challenge. However, after a very underwhelming first year on the Knicks Randle gave his best second first impression as now he is beloved by the Knicks fans. Randle has very much improved his game going from more of a selfish player to the leader that he is now. Altogether, Julius Randle is playing amazing this year and looks to continue to propel the Knicks after his first all-star game.

Knicks DPOY

The New York Knicks Defensive Player of the Year so far this season is Nerlens Noel.

Noel is averaging a stunning 2 blocks a game and a near 1 steal a game. 

Nerlens Noel has been such a good pick-up for the Knicks this offseason. Noel is a powerhouse on the defensive end and an effective offensive player. With Mitchell Robinson missing time due to a fractured hand, Noel had to step up playing around 40 minutes a game. Noel did step up big catching lobs on the offensive end and playing outstanding defense keeping teams out of the paint. All in all, Nerlens Noel is playing very well as a starter with Robinson missing time and looks to continue to do that as Robinson eases his way back into the lineup. 

Knicks MIP

The New York Knicks Most Improved Player so far this season is RJ Barrett.

Barrett is averaging 16.4 points per game adding 6 rebounds a game with 2.9 assists per game. Additionally, Barrett is shooting 43.7 percent from the field with 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent shooting from the free-throw line.

Comparing to last season RJ Barrett is averaging 2.1 more points per game as of now and shooting much more efficiently from all around the field. Barrett is shooting 43.7 percent from the field this season comparing to 40.2 percent last season. Also, RJ Barrett is shooting 34.7 percent from three this season comparing to 32 percent from three last season and also a much improved 72.7 percent from the free-throw line this season compared to 61.4 percent from the free-throw line last season. In general, Barrett is having a very much improved year as he continues to make his case for the second player the Knicks can rely on.

Knicks ROY & SMOY

The New York Knicks Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year so far this season is Immanuel Quickley.

Quickley is averaging a solid 12.6 points per game adding 2.3 rebounds a game with 2.4 assists per game. Additionally, Quickley is shooting 39.4 percent from the field with 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and a record-breaking 94.2 percent shooting from the free-throw line.

Immanuel Quickley has been the x-factor and sparks off the bench the Knicks needed. The young rookie has turned out to be an excellent pick from the Knicks as he can break down any defense and provides both great shootings. Quickley has had 5 25+ point games this season off the bench which is the most by a rookie this season so far. Also, he has the ability to draw fouls so he gets to get to the free-throw line very often where he is shooting better than players such as Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard. He is an excellent spark off the bench lighting the team up even if the Knicks are down by a lot. Overall, Quickley looks to continue his strong rookie campaign as he has a good chance at making the 1st team all-rookie.

COY

The New York Knicks Coach of the Year so far this season is Tom Thibodeau

Thibodeau deserves a lot of credit because he came to a bottom-five league team and turned them around as the Knicks are the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference as of now. Thibodeau has really improved on the factor of getting the most out of the Knicks players which is why we see the increased effort and staggering improvements in RJ Barrett and Julius Randle games. Additionally, he brought the Knicks from a bottom three worst defense in the league to a top three best defensive in the league. In conclusion, Tom Thibodeau has been just the perfect and right fit for the Knicks as he deserves to get Coach of the Year in the NBA league if he continues to coach the Knicks well.

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