March 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Ja Morant Receives All 70 Rookie Of The Year Votes In Straw Poll

Mar 24, 2020 10:03 AM

Ja Morant remains the clear frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, receiving all 70 votes from media members in a straw poll conducted by ESPN.

Morant is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 assists per game.

Zion Williamson, who missed the first few months of the season, is averaging 23.6 points per game on 58.9 percent shooting. Williamson received 51 of the 70 second place votes along with 11 third place selections.

Kendrick Nunn finished third in the poll.

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Tags: Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Award

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Media Straw Poll Has Giannis Antetokounmpo As Overwhelming Pick For MVP

Mar 23, 2020 11:59 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo remains the clear favorite to win MVP in a straw poll of 70 media members conducted by ESPN.

Antetokounmpo earned 60 of the 70 possible first place votes.

LeBron James ranked second in the poll, finishing either first or second on 68 of the 70 polls while finishing third on one and fourth on another.

Before the NBA season was suspended, ESPN began pushing a narrative that James had closed the gap on the MVP race on Antetokounmpo despite the overwhelming case for the reigning MVP. Several media members on ESPN supported James' case by citing specious factors such as the passing of Kobe Bryant, his response to the China controversy and also his age.

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

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Norman Powell, LeBron James Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Mar 9, 2020 3:03 PM

Norman Powell and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 20.

Powell averaged 31.3 points on 56.1 percent shooting from the floor as the Toronto Raptors went 3-0.

James averaged 29.0 points, 10.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers went 3-0.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Award

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Jayson Tatum, LeBron James Named NBA's Players Of The Month

Mar 3, 2020 4:09 PM

Jayson Tatum and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for February.

Tatum averaged 20.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as the Boston Celtics went 9-3.

James averaged 26.0 points, 10.1 assists and 8.1 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers went 9-2.

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Zion Williamson, Coby White Named NBA's Rookies Of The Month

Mar 3, 2020 4:01 PM

Zion Williamson and Coby White have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for February. 

Williamson averaged 25.7 points and 6.2 rebounds for the month.

White averaged 20.1 points, 4.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Award

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Mike D'Antoni, Mike Budenholzer Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month

Mar 2, 2020 4:05 PM

Mike D'Antoni and Mike Budenholzer have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for February.

The Houston Rockets had a 9-2 record as they moved entirely to a small ball system with Russell Westbrook playing a bigger role.

The Milwaukee Bucks continued their dominant 19-20 with a 10-1 record.

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Kristaps Porzingis, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Mar 2, 2020 3:07 PM

Kristaps Porzingis and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 19.

Porzingis averaged 26.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.25 blocks per game as the Mavericks went 3-1.

Antetokounmpo averaged 28.5 points, 16.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists as the Bucks went 4-0.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Award

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