NBA 2011-12 season predictions

Our NBA experts weigh in with their picks for the playoffs and individual award winners.

Marc J. Spears
Marc J.
Adrian Wojnarowski
Johnny Ludden
Kelly Dwyer
East finals Heat vs. Bulls Heat vs. Bulls Heat vs. Bulls Heat vs. Bulls
West finals Mavs vs. Thunder Mavs vs. Thunder Mavs vs. Thunder Lakers vs. Thunder
NBA Finals Heat over Mavs Heat over Thunder Bulls over Thunder Heat over Thunder
MVP Kevin Durant(notes) T’wolves 2012 draft pick Kevin Durant(notes) Kevin Durant(notes)
Rookie of Year Kyrie Irving(notes) Brandon Knight(notes) Kyrie Irving(notes) Kyrie Irving(notes)
Coach of Year Rick Carlisle (tie) Monty Williams
and Stan Van Gundy
Monty Williams Mike Brown
Def. Player of Year Dwight Howard LeBron James Dwight Howard Dwight Howard
Sixth Man of Year Lamar Odom Lamar Odom James Harden(notes) James Harden(notes)
Most Improved Derrick Favors Spencer Hawes Tiago Splitter Tiago Splitter
Executive of Year Neil Olshey (tie) Joel Litvin and Stu Jackson Neil Olshey Neil Olshey

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