April 26 -- We nominated and you voted. As the season came to a close, NBA.com asked who you thought was most deserving for each of the six major regular-season awards. With the results in and the ballots tabulated, here are the winners of the 2004-05 fan awards:

Most Valuable Player
10 nominees

Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (35.3%)
Phoenix was one game out of last place in the Pacific Division in 2003-04. Nash steps onto the scene and the Suns suddenly have the league’s best record.
Second place: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia (19.9%)
Third place: Shaquille O'Neal, Miami (15.1%)
Other Nominees: Ray Allen, Seattle; Tim Duncan, San Antonio; Kevin Garnett, Minnesota; LeBron James, Cleveland; Tracy McGrady, Houston; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas; Dwyane Wade, Miami.


got milk? Rookie of the Year
6 nominees

Ben Gordon, Chicago (44.2%)
Gordon ranked 11th in the NBA in scoring per 48 minutes (29.6), and was second in the league in double-digit fourth quarter performances (21) and second among rookies in scoring (15.1 ppg).
Second place: Emeka Okafor, Charlotte (31.6%)
Third place: Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia (11.8%)
Other Nominees: Dwight Howard, Orlando; Josh Smith, Atlanta; J.R. Smith, New Orleans.


Defensive Player of the Year
10 nominees

Ben Wallace, Detroit (27.7%)
Two-time Defensive Player of the Year was second in rebounds (12.2 rpg), fifth in blocks (2.38) and 23rd in steals (1.43 spg).
Second place: Shawn Marion, Phoenix (12.9%)
Third place: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia (10.7%)
Other Nominees: Bruce Bowen, San Antonio; Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers; Marcus Camby, Denver; Tim Duncan, San Antonio; Kevin Garnett, Minnesota; Larry Hughes, Washington; Shaquille O'Neal, Miami.


Sixth Man Award
10 nominees

Ben Gordon, Chicago (40.4%)
On a per 48-minute basis, Gordon ranked 11th in the NBA in points (29.6), eighth in three-pointers (3.2) and 15th in field goals (10.4).
Second place: Ricky Davis, Boston (15.7%)
Third place: Earl Boykins, Denver (14.2%)
Other Nominees: Antonio Daniels, Seattle; Marc Jackson, Philadelphia; Donyell Marshall, Toronto; Wally Szczerbiak, Minnesota; Jerry Stackhouse, Dallas; Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando; Bonzi Wells, Memphis.


Most Improved Player
10 nominees

Dwyane Wade, Miami (43.5%)
We knew he was good as a rookie (16.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg) but this good? Wade’s 24.1 points, 6.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game this year is jaw-dropping.
Second place: Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix (21.8%)
Third place: Bobby Simmons, L.A. Clippers (11.1%)
Other Nominees: Chris Bosh, Toronto; Primoz Brezec, Charlotte; Dan Dickau, New Orleans; Drew Gooden, Cleveland; Troy Murphy, Golden State; Jason Richardson, Golden State; Maurice Williams, Milwaukee.


Coach of the Year
10 nominees

Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix (24.4%)
Last season, Phoenix lost 53 contests. This year, the league’s most improved team paced the NBA with 62 wins.
Second place: George Karl, Denver (19.8%)
Third place: Scott Skiles, Chicago (19.6%)
Other Nominees: Rick Carlisle, Indiana; Mike Fratello, Memphis; Eddie Jordan, Washington; Nate McMillan, Seattle; Gregg Popovich, San Antonio; Jeff Van Gundy, Houston; Stan Van Gundy, Miami.