Mailbag: Playoff matchups, NBA draft talk, awards season and more

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Mannix Mailbag: Who's winning awards?
Tuesday April 14th, 2015

In the latest edition of his Twitter Mailbag, Chris Mannix dives into a host of NBA topics as the postseason approaches. Among the questions answered this week:

•​ Who do the Hawks fear the most in the first round? Atlanta could still face a number of teams in its opening round series. Who represents the worst matchup?

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•​ Better NBA prospect: Justise Winslow or Stanley Johnson? Winslow benefitted from deep NCAA tourney run, but Johnson had been widely egarded as the top forward in the class leading up to March. 

•​ Will Billy Donovan make the jump to the NBA? The long-time Florida coach flirted with the Magic once before, could he be serious about leaping to the pros this time?

•​ Awards watch: Who will win... Mannix touches on Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player.

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