by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

For a few years now, I’ve had a vote in the NBA’s official postseason awards balloting. I’ve always taken this responsibility seriously — I spend time studying stats, talking to players and execs, and I even ran some of these by a few of the SLAM fam to get their opinions. The other thing I’ve always done is posted my votes. If you disagree, that’s fine, because we’re allowed to have opposing opinions. (Even though mine are correct and yours are not.) Either way, I just wanted to be up-front with how I voted. I’ll try to stop by the comments section later on today and answer any questions/comments.

Here are the categories I was asked to vote on for the 2012-12 NBA Season…

ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
F – LeBron James
F – Kevin Durant
C – Marc Gasol
G – Kobe Bryant
G – Chris Paul

ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
F – Tim Duncan
F – Carmelo Anthony
C – Dwight Howard
G – James Harden
G – Tony Parker

ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
F – LaMarcus Aldridge
F – Paul George
C – Joakim Noah
G – Russell Westbrook
G – Stephen Curry

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
1. Larry Sanders
2. Paul George
3. Greivis Vasquez

COACH OF THE YEAR
1. Erik Spoelstra
2. George Karl
3. Mike Woodson

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Marc Gasol
2. Joakim Noah
3. Paul George

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
1. Damian Lillard
2. Anthony Davis
3. Bradley Beal

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
1. LeBron James
2. Kevin Durant
3. Carmelo Anthony
4. Chris Paul
5. Kobe Bryant