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Midseason award winners

PER Diem: Jan. 25, 2010

Updated: January 25, 2010, 6:25 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

If the NBA season were the work week, this would be Wednesday. That's right: hump day. Most teams played their 41st game during the Martin Luther King Day weekend and the rest caught up later in the week, which means half of the regular season is officially in the rearview mirror.

Given our calendar position, there's only one thing to do. That's right, it's time for the time-honored tradition of handing out midseason awards. At great expense, we've spent the weekend carefully considering the candidates in each category, contacting their publicists, renting out the Kodak Theater, rolling out the red carpet, and hiring Ryan Seacrest to emcee. Having done all that, we're ready to pontificate on the award winners from the season's first half:

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