With another season about to tip off, it’s time to get SiriusXM NBA Radio‘s hosts’ predictions on record.

For accountability’s sake, click here to see how our analysts did last season.

Ouch. Only two correct selections for individual awards, and no one accurately picked the Warriors to win it all. Now let’s hope this year is a little more accurate.

See our 13 analysts’ predictions below, and scroll to the bottom of the infographic for analysis on each section.

2015-16 NBA predictions

 

Most Valuable Player

Well, at least there’s a better shot of someone getting the pick right this year. After LeBron James was a unanimous preseason pick for NBA last year, the award is totally up for grabs this year. Our 13 analysts picked seven different potential MVPs. While it’s far from the sweep of last year, James is still the favorite, with three hosts pegging him to win the award. The last time Kevin Durant played a full season he won the MVP with historic numbers, but his teammate, Russell Westbrook, was also picked by multiple hosts. There’s a reason why Durant says he and Westbrook are the best 1-2 duo in the NBA.

Rookie of the Year

Once again, a much wider variety of selections than a year ago when Jabari Parker was picked by all but one host. Four different rookies were picked by our hosts – but interestingly, no one predicted one of the two top five picks playing in major markets, D’Angelo Russell and Kristaps Porzingis, to win the award. Instead, it was a three-way tie for first among our hosts between Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and Karl Anthony Towns. No. 1 overall pick Karl Anthony Towns may have an advantage learning from last year’s Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins.

Defensive Player of the Year

Another wide-open race, with six different players receiving votes. One reason Anthony Davis was picked by multiple people to win MVP is because of his outstanding defensive talents. Davis’ new coach, Alvin Gentry, says he sees some similarities between Davis and former Defensive Player of the Year and MVP Kevin Garnett

Sixth Man of the Year

While our hosts picked several different names for the Sixth Man of the Year award, it’s clear there’s a favorite – Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics. While Finals MVP Andre Igoudala drew some predictions, it’s the diminutive Thomas who ran away with the most love. One thing that could throw this prediction off: if Thomas proves too good to come off the bench, something Brad Stevens didn’t totally dismiss this summer.

Most Improved Player

The Most Improved Player is notoriously hard to predict mostly because of the nebulous criteria for the award. So it’s not a surprise to see everything from a seven-year vet to a former SiriusXM NBA Radio host on this list. The one thing that ties all these players together: their teams are certainly hoping for breakout seasons. That may hold especially true in Detroit, as the Pistons handed Reggie Jackson a big contract this summer. General manager Jeff Bower explained why on NBA Today.

Coach of the Year

Another interesting list of predictions from a first-time NBA coach to an NBA coaching legend. New coaches are certainly en vogue after Steve Kerr won in his first season at the helm of the Golden State Warriors. With the multiple MVP candidates on Billy Donovan’s new team, our hosts see him with a chance to jump up and win this award. The talent on the team is one reason Donovan decided now is the right time to come to the NBA.

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