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NBA Midseason Awards: MVP, Top Rookie, Most Improved Player

The NBA is more or less at its halfway point of the regular season, with most teams having played somewhere close to 41 games, give or take a few postponements. This deep into the campaign, the awards race has taken shape, with frontrunners emerging for certain honors while the MVP conversation remains heated as ever. Here’s who I would send home with what hardware if the season ended today…

Rookie of the Year: Evan Mobley

This is probably the easiest choice of all. Mobley is averaging 14.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists a night for the Cavaliers, who have been the most pleasant surprise of the first half.