DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NBA MIDSEASON REPORT
What's next, traffic-free freeways and smogless sunsets? Things don't feel quite right in the NBA this season: The Clippers, not the Lakers, are tied for the league's best record (32--9), the Kings may end up sleepless in Seattle, and NBA vet Lindsey Hunter is now coaching the Suns. Yep, the season is at its halfway point, and SI.com's experts are taking stock and making their picks for the year's top performers. Can Chris Paul hold off Kevin Durant and LeBron James for MVP? Will Joakim Noah's breakout season in Chicago earn him defensive player of the year honors? Can anyone unseat Damian Lillard as the league's best rookie? Go to SI.com/nba for our full midseason report, including grades for every team and playoff predictions. The countdown to the NBA Finals begins now.
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