2021-22 NBA awards predictions: Experts view MVP race wide open, favor Cade Cunningham for Rookie of the Year

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The 2021-22 NBA regular season is at our doorstep. Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks will get their championship rings before hosting the Brooklyn Nets, followed by the Golden State Warriors taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in the nightcap. 

If you’re late to the team preview party and need to cram before the opening tip, here’s a look at all 30 teams’ rosters, key offseason moves and biggest questions entering the campaign. If you missed our Top 100 player rankings entering the season, check that out. 

Also check out our CBS Sports season predictions, including who will fall, or rise, into the play-in-tournament, conference champions and Finals winner. That piece will be out Tuesday. 

In the meantime, below are our staff’s predictions for the end-of-season awards, including MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.

Bill Reiter

Steve Nash

Daryl Morey

Brad Botkin

Nate McMillan

Rob Pelinka

Jasmyn Wimbish

Monty Williams

Pat Riley

Michael Kaskey-Blomain

Nate McMillan

Marc Eversley

Colin Ward-Henninger

Michael Malone

Sean Marks

Jack Maloney

Ime Udoka

Marc Eversley

James Herbert

Steve Kerr

Pat Riley

Sam Quinn

Steve Nash

Brad Stevens

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