The NBA regular season may be over due to COVID-19 and if that is the case, here are our regular season awards for the LA Clippers.
The sports world came to a crashing halt about a week and a half ago when COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, became a global pandemic.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that NBA games would not continue playing for the foreseeable future and the prospect of continuing the season is still in the minds of NBA fans and executives alike but no one truly knows what is going to happen in the coming weeks or months.
For the LA Clippers, the regular season stoppage and potential canceling of the season could have some lasting effects on the team as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both set to be free agents in the summer of 2021.
If the regular season does not continue though, some awards will definitely be handed out such as MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, etc. So let’s take a look at the LA Clippers regular-season awards if this season were to not continue.
Defensive Player of the Year – G Patrick Beverley
It doesn’t take an astrophysicist to tell someone that Patrick Beverley is one of the best defensive guards in all of basketball.
The two-time All-Defensive Team guard once again showed up in big games defensively for the LA Clippers, including a huge block on Lakers forward LeBron James on Christmas Day to secure the Clippers’ second victory over their in-town rival on the season.
Beverley’s defensive stats speak for themselves. Beverley has a defensive win share rating of 2.0, the highest total he has ever had with the Clippers and his second-best rating on his career. He has had multiple three steal games and games where he gets multiple blocks and he does not shy away from guarding a team’s best offensive player, guarding the likes of Jamal Murray, James Harden, Damian Lillard, and others on a nightly basis.
Beverley’s play likely would have stayed at 100-percent if the season had finished on schedule and due to the LA Clippers having so many defensive assets, Beverley always took it upon himself to be a defensive leader for Doc Rivers and company and potentially push the Lakers for the one seed.
He wins this award of star forward Kawhi Leonard due to the fact that he has played about the same time if not more than Leonard and when Leonard and George were out, Beverley rose up to the occasion every time.