2015 ESPY Award Nominees Revealed

The most compelling categories and who I'm voting for.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The 2015 ESPY Award nominees have been revealed. And, as always, it’s one hell of a field.

Just a quick glance at the categories everyone should be voting for: 

Best Male Athlete

Steph Curry

LeBron James

Aaron Rodgers

J.J. Watt

Curry, just like everyone else, is my favorite player right now. But if not for LeBron, the Cavs would have been run out of the gym in each game of the Finals. Although no glory, what he did took guts. 

Who I’m taking: LeBron James. 

Ronda Rousey is included in the Best Female Athlete category. Serena Williams should really only be her only contender. 

Best Championship Performance

Madison Bumgarner

American Pharoah

Lauren Haeger

LeBron James

This might be one of the toughest ones to call. Bumgarner single-handedly beat the Royals in the World Series, LeBron James was just the second player in NBA history to have two triple-doubles in an NBA Finals, and, of course, we have the first triple crown winner in about 40 years. 

Who I’m taking: Madison Bumgarner. We’ll never see again what he accomplished. 

Best Breakthrough Athlete

Odell Beckham Jr. 

Mo’Ne Davis

Cardale Jones

Jordan Spieth

Again, incredibly tough. A Giants rookie wide receiver who made one of the best catches in history, a girl who dominated Little League and a young guy who is the next biggest star in golf alongside Rory McIlroy. 

Who I’m taking: Mo’Ne Davis. We’ve never seen anything like her. Totally transcendent. 

Best Coach

Gene Auriemma

Mike Krzyzewski

Steve Kerr

Urban Meyer

Bill Belichick

Good luck choosing this one. Any one of these coaches could win any year.

Who I’m taking: Urban Meyer. What he did this past season was truly amazing, winning a national title on his third string quarterback after squeaking into the first College Football Playoff and upsetting Alabama. 

 

Go here to look at all the categories you can vote for.

And here’s a look at the bracket for best play. Good luck choosing.

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Josh Helmuth is the editor of CraveOnline Sports.