Who's taking home the hardware?

LeBron James is an easy choice for MVP. But what about Sixth Man or Defensive Player of the Year? Marc Serota/Getty Images

What a regular season.

We had the defending NBA champion Miami Heat do something none of the legendary teams led by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird ever did -- challenge the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' seemingly unbreakable 33-game win streak.

Speaking of the Lakers, we had a superstar-laden club with future hall of famers throughout its lineup turn into a six-month soap opera that might end up being the biggest bust in American team sports history.

However, from that same Lakers team, we had a 34-year-old iron man thumb his nose at Father Time to put together the best 17th season we've ever seen.

Meanwhile, in New York, we witnessed the re-emergence of one of the league's most historic, if not successful, franchises in the nation's largest city. Likewise, the iconic borough of Brooklyn rescued a franchise from almost four decades of an anonymous existence.

So with all of the above coming to a close, it's time to name my season award winners: MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved Player.

Most Valuable Player


1. LeBron James | Miami Heat
It's not even close. He's the first player in history to score 30 points and shoot 60 percent in six straight games. He was the engine that powered the Heat during their 27-game win streak.