Predicting major NBA awards

The NBA’s 75th anniversary season starts with a delicious doubleheader Tuesday night: Nets at Bucks followed by Warriors at Lakers.

To make the wait move a little faster, let’s open the floor for some discussion about the major award races. Before I share a slew of big-picture predictions in my Tuesday newsletter extravaganza, here are my picks for this season’s six primary pieces of individual hardware to get the discussion flowing.

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MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)

Rookie of the Year: Jalen Green (Houston)

Coach of the Year: Nate McMillan (Atlanta)

Sixth Man Award: Patty Mills (Brooklyn)

Most Improved Player: Jordan Poole (Golden State)

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert (Utah)