NBA Draft Kit: MVP, Rookie of the Year and Other Fantasy Awards Predictions

NBA Draft Kit: MVP, Rookie of the Year and Other Fantasy Awards Predictions

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

Having peered deep into the depths of my crystal (basket)ball, I'm here to share what I've seen. Maybe it was all a mirage, a heavily-contested long two mistaken for an easy layup, if you will, but what's the point of making predictions if you're not going to take a few swings.

Looking through a fantasy lens, let's take a look at how four of the major season-long awards, as well as two more bonus awards, could shake out in 2021-22:

Fantasy MVP: Joel Embiid

Embiid will fall further than he should in fantasy drafts due to concerns about how many games he'll play. However, this could be the year that his stats most closely resemble those of prime Shaquille O'Neal. And even though he closed last season with yet another lower-body injury, I have a funny feeling it's also going to be the year he finally plays 70-plus games.

Just so we're clear: I'm predicting averages of about 30 points, 15 boards, a handful of assists and close to 2.0 blocks per game. I fully expect Embiid to enter the season like a man on a mission, and with no back-to-backs through the team's first eight games, he's set up to take the league by storm early on. 

Defensive Fantasy Player of the Year: Jrue Holiday

If Embiid stays healthy and remains motivated on both ends, he'll undoubtedly be in the discussion for this award, as well. However, Holiday has been an elite defender for the last decade. Moreover, the

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Gabriel Allen
Gabriel Allen is a tennis professional and freelance journalist whose work has been published in the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated, among other places.
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