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The Raider Review

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Who do you think will win the 2024 Superbowl?

  • Chiefs (50%, 69 Votes)
  • 49ers (28%, 39 Votes)
  • Ravens (20%, 27 Votes)
  • Lions (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 137

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The Race For The MVP & More

 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dribbling the ball up the court. (Cary Edmondson)

As the 2023-24 NBA regular season is coming to an end, we start to get ready for the playoffs in Late April. Around that time, there will be someone crowned as MVP. This award is bestowed to the best player in the league or who league officials think is the Most Valuable Player to their team. There are also other awards like ROTY, which is Rookie of the Year. That award goes to the rookie who has outperformed all of the other rookies during the season. Next, there’s the DPOY, which is the Defensive Player of the Year. There are many other awards and achievements in the NBA besides those 3, but the outcome always surprises the league. Here are my predictions for the 2023-24 NBA Awards.

 

  1. SGA runs away with the MVP.

For the MVP Award, I have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander winning it. Now, this may come as a surprise as most NBA Executives and fans are saying that Nikola Jokic is gonna win it. I spoke with Freshman Jack Michael, who said, “My ‘glorious’ king Jokic is gonna win the MVP because whenever he is on the floor, he makes his teammates better and wins games.”  In my opinion, Shai is more valuable to the Thunder. Nikola is the best center league and phenomenal but the Thunder wouldn’t be anywhere without Shai. As he is averaging 31 points per game, 5 rebounds and 6 assists per game, Shai is one of the most elite Point Guards in the league and a great defender.

San Antonio Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama reacts after dunking. (Scott Wachter)

2. Victor wins over Chet

Next up, is the ROTY (Rookie of the Year) award, which I believe should go to Victor Wembanyama. This is a hot debate as it is torn between Chet Holmgren and Victor. Everytime that Victor has gone against Chet, he has lost. But, that doesn’t take away from the fact that he is one of the best rookies of our decade. He is averaging 20 points, and 10 rebounds which is really impressive for someone whose teammates don’t pass him the ball that much.

3. Sengun For Most Improved

For the Most Improved Player, it has to be Alperen Sengun. I asked Freshman NBA Fanatic Ahmad Harvey and he had this to say, “I think the Most Improved Player is Tyrese Maxey. He has developed into a genuine second option for the Philadelphia 76ers.” Here’s my reason as to why I think Sengun should win it. He was originally drafted by the Thunder but was traded to the Rockets. Despite his very recent injury, Alperen has made a lot of improvement from last season and can contribute to any championship team.

4. Victor is a Defensive Beast

My pick for the DPOY, (Defensive Player of the Year) is Victor Wembanyama. Now you could make a debate for someone like Anthony Davis or Rudy Gobert but, Wemby is averaging 1 steal and 3 blocks per game which is phenomenal but it is to be expected from him. With his 7’4 frame and a 8” foot wingspan, he can block people who drive to the rim pretty easily.

 

 

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Noah Tabor
Noah Tabor, Staff Writer
Noah Tabor is a freshman staff writer at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. He joined journalism to further develop his reporting and writing skills. His goal in Journalism is to cover sports news and topics alike. Besides journalism, he has hobbies such as playing football and graphic designing. Noah enjoys journalism class the most as it gives him a place to voice his opinion and help spread awareness of topics to other people. He hopes to use journalism in college to get a job as a commentator or a broadcaster.
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