2021-22 NBA Awards picks: Experts lean on Nikola Jokic for best player, agree on sixth winner, split on rest

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The 2021-22 NBA regular season is finally over. While most of the attention will turn to play after the season is over, there are still some prizes to hand out. Just as there will be endless debate about Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid for the All-NBA first team (at least for those who chose not to put two spots on their first team), the fights on Twitter over this year’s MVP race may never be over.

This could end up being the closest vote ever. You can’t go wrong with Tab Jokic, Embiid, or Giannis Antetokounmpo as the best player in the game. I take Jokic. As you’ll see below, most of my colleagues at CBS do as well.

In addition to Player of the Year, we voted for Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Enhanced Player, Coach of the Year and CEO of the Year. Read ’em and cry (and ease up on our signals).

Most Valuable Player

general beginner

Defensive Player of the Year

Sixth man of the year

Most improved player

general coach

Or not a second third

Bill Rider

Taylor Jenkins (mm)

Monty Williams (PHO)

Eric Spoelstra (MIA)

Brad Botkin

Monty Williams (PHO)

Taylor Jenkins (mm)

Eric Spoelstra (MIA)

James Herbert

Monty Williams (PHO)

Taylor Jenkins (mm)

Eric Spoelstra (MIA)

Sam Quinn

Monty Williams (PHO)

Taylor Jenkins (mm)

Tai Lowe (Latin America and the Caribbean)

Colin Ward Henninger

Monty Williams (PHO)

Taylor Jenkins (mm)

Eric Spoelstra (MIA)

Jasmine Wembish

Monty Williams (PHO)

Taylor Jenkins (mm)

J.B. Bickerstaff (CLE)

Michael Caskey Blumen

Monty Williams (PHO)

Taylor Jenkins (mm)

Ime Udoka (BOS)

Jack Maloney

Monty Williams (PHO)

Ime Udoka (BOS)

Taylor Jenkins (mm)

CEO of the Year

Or not a second third

Bill Rider

Arturas Karnisovas (CHI)

Zachary Kleiman (mm)

Pat Riley (MIA)

Brad Botkin

Brad Stevens (BOS)

Pat Riley (MIA)

Masai Ujiri (TOR)

James Herbert

Brad Stevens (BOS)

Lawrence Frank (LAC)

Pat Riley (MIA)

Sam Quinn

Masai Ujiri (TOR)

Kevin Pritchard (India)

Brad Stevens (BOS)

Colin Ward Henninger

Brad Stevens (BOS)

Pat Riley (MIA)

Arturas Karnisovas (CHI)

Jasmine Wembish

Brad Stevens (BOS)

Masai Ujiri (TOR)

Lawrence Frank (LAC)

Michael Caskey Blumen

Pat Riley (MIA)

Arturas Karnisovas (CHI)

Brad Stevens (BOS)

Jack Maloney

Brad Stevens (BOS)

Lawrence Frank (LAC)

Arturas Karnisovas (CHI)

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