Rookie of the Year: Patrick Patterson is our rookie of the year by default since there is no more Ishmael Smith is gone. That said, Patterson has made strides all season long and he looks to be having more potential than we originally gave him credit for. He has a really good mid range jumpshot that sometimes seems automatic. He rebounds well and is a surprisingly good defender. He has shown flashes of being more than just a solid player. I believe he has at least one All-Star game in his future. He's no Blake Griffin, but the guy is both physically and mentally gifted. He has the physical tools as well as the mental make up and smarts to be a very good if not great player in this league. Oh and mark my words, HE WILL GET SCOLA TRADED (Don't ban me Dave).
Defensive Player of the Year: It is no question that Chuck Hayes is hands down our defensive player of the year and should be, in my opinion, of the league regardless of his minutes or the teams wins. There isn't a post player in the league who looks forward to matching up with Hayes. He will not let you have anything easy. He does not have the size or athleticism but he does have the strength and intelligence know how to use his strengths to his advantage when defending. If you still don't believe that Chuck is the best post defender in the NBA then go ask Blake Griffin, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Al Jefferson, and pretty much every PF/C in the league who they think is the best.
Sixth Man of the Year: Courtney Lee may not be a Jason Terry or Jamaal Crawford, but he is electric coming off the bench. We can talk about the defense, the versatility to play multiple positions, the 3pt. shooting, the athleticism, or the all out hustle but we cannot talk about one without talking about the rest. On many other teams he could start at SG so we are lucky to have a guy like him willingly be a back up. He never complains about his role in fact he embraces it. The man is a competitor and has grown as a player all season long. Any more improvement just wouldn't be fair to other teams.
Most Improved Player: No shit, it's Kyle Lowry. Posting career highs in every major statistical category this season has helped to motor this team to another winning record. He came into the season expecting to be a back up to the exiled Aaron Brooks. When Brooks went down in San Antonio early this season due to a dirty/douchebag/Utah Jazz type of play by Manu Ginobitch we all thought we were in trouble, and we were. But slowly as the season went on, Lowry began to play more and more like a starting PG. He played well enough to get the NBA's reigning MIP traded away. He may not win the NBA's MIP award but he wins the Rockets'.
Most Valuable Player: Kevin Martin is without a doubt our MVP. We would not be in half of the games we were in had he not been here. He looks to have shaken off that "injury prone" label and replaced it with top 5 SG. Sure he's a great overall shooter and scorer but people don' give him enough credit for his toughness. With his style of play and slight body frame he has held up all season long. He is scrappier than he is given credit for. When he is having a bad game I have seen him player better defense get more steals and rebounds. Top wings that can score like he does are very hard to replace and on that alone I give him our MVP award.