Halfway hardware: SI.com's NBA midseason awards

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Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player feature compelling races this year.

Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player feature compelling races this year.

MAHONEY: My 2014 NBA All-Star starters: Hibbert over Carmelo and more

Paul George and Lance Stephenson both received votes for Most Improved Player from our writers.

Paul George and Lance Stephenson both received votes for Most Improved Player from our writers.

GOLLIVER: Stephenson, Carter-Williams star on The All-Gridiron Team

The Sixth Man race is wide open, while top defender and coach appear a bit clearer.

The Sixth Man race is wide open, while top defender and coach appear a bit clearer.

MAHONEY: Durant among veterans taking on bigger roles this season

Manu Ginobili has only won the Sixth Man of the Year award once, earning the hardware in 2008.

Manu Ginobili has only won the Sixth Man of the Year award once, earning the hardware in 2008.

THOMSEN: Do Thunder or Blazers have better shot at winning the title?

First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek has led the Suns to a 24-17 record, good for seventh in the West.

First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek has led the Suns to a 24-17 record, good for seventh in the West.

If a coach's primary responsibility is to put his players in a position to succeed, then none has done better work this season than Hornacek. It's from his design that the Suns have been utterly tank-defiant, and it's a testament to his rotation choices that Phoenix has few (if any) problematic lineups.