NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
You would think the Offensive Player of the Year Award would be the same thing as the Most Valuable Player Award, but that's not the case. MVP means the player who is most valuable to there team and this award is most outstanding player. The winner of the award last year was Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley. Other than Gurley, who are the other candidates to win Offensive Player of the Year?
The first player that comes to mind is Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He is a downhill and speedy runner. When Elliott touches the ball more, he gets into a rhythm and can't be stopped. Ezekiel Elliott was suspended six games last season because of his off the field issues. If he is around for all 16 games this season, Elliott will have a great chance to win this award. He rushed for 983 yards on 242 carries and seven touchdowns in ten games last season. Ezekiel Elliott caught 26 passes for 269 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
The second player that comes to mind is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. I don't think he will be considered for the MVP award because Seattle will have a bad record this upcoming season. Wilson will still show up to work each game and play his tail off. He has the worst offensive line in the league and it won't stop him from being magical. Russell Wilson completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,983 yards 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season. He also rushed for 586 yards on 95 carries and three touchdowns.
The third player that comes to mind is Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Goff completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,804 yards 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. He rushed for 51 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown. Jared Goff can be very impressive in his second season under Sean McVay.
The fourth player that comes to mind is New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He makes highlight reel catches and Beckham Jr. has been focused so far during the offseason programs and training camp. He is looking for a contract extension and Odell Beckham Jr. hopes to be with the New York Giants for a long time. He only played in four games last season and Beckham Jr. caught 25 passes for 302 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He is amazing at catching a slant route and taking it to distance. Odell Beckham Jr. should have a bounce back season after injuring his ankle in a Week 5 game at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The fifth player that comes to mind is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. He is the best wide receiver in the game and Brown always makes acrobatic catches. He is also lighting in a bottle. Antonio Brown caught 101 passes for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
The sixth player that comes to mind is Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson. He was injured during the first-quarter in the first game last season on the road against the Detroit Lions. Johnson missed the rest of the season with a wrist injury and he hopes to return to his dominant form in 2018. David Johnson won the award in 2016. He rushed 23 yards on 11 carries and caught six passes for 67 yards in 2017. In 2016, Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards on 293 carries and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 80 passes for 879 yards receiving and four touchdowns.