James, F, Cavaliers
He's without a
doubt the front-runner after single-handedly leading an underwhelming Cleveland
team to the Finals last season.
Pierce, F, Celtics
ROOKIE OF THE
YEAR: Luis Scola, F, Rockets
27-year-old Argentine will beat out two more traditional newcomers, Kevin
Durant and Al Thornton, to become the oldest winner ever.
Durant, F, SuperSonics
COACH OF THE
YEAR: Doc Rivers, Celtics
He will deserve
credit for melding his three stars with young role players.