Fred VanVleet, even more than many of his Toronto Raptors teammates, had a banner year in 2019. The hugely popular point guard had already contributed much to the 2018-19 season before the birth of his first son during the team's Eastern Conference Finals series seemed to help him reach even higher gears on the court. And FVV is being backed by many NBA viewers, whether Torontonian or not, to win a big individual award in 2019-20.\nOne of VanVleet's chief qualities, aside from the strength of his character, is his impressive versatility on the court. A part-time starter, FVV has really earned his keep at Scotiabank Arena as a crucially important bench player for Nick Nurse's side.\nOf course, he stepped up his game in the NBA playoffs in the summer. In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks, days after the birth of son Fred Jr., VanVleet scored 21 points from three-point range in a 105–99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, and he added another 14 points in a series-clinching win in Game 6.\nIn Game 4 of the Finals, of course, he had a tooth knocked out by a hit to the face against Golden State Warriors, instantly turning him into a new level of cult hero. Then, in Game 6, he netted 22 points with five threes off the bench as Raptors won their first NBA championship.\nSo important were FVV's contributions in the Finals that it was the Illinois-born man who finished as runner-up to the unmatchable Kawhi Leonard in Finals MVP voting.\nAnd fans from around the NBA, not just Toronto, seem to think VanVleet work will see him crowned the league's Sixth Man of the Year for 2019-20.\nThe 6MOY trophy is handed out annually to the player who made the biggest difference as a substitute for his team. FVV was a runner-up for the award last year but lost out to the LA Clippers' Lou Williams, a former Raptor.\nThat was Williams' third 6MOY win, making him only the second player ever to earn such a treble, and there are plenty of people backing him for a fourth win. However, there also appears to be a significant subsection of the league's followers who think this will be VanVleet's year.\nMVP: Lebron JamesDPOY: Kawhi LeonardROY: Zion WilliamsonCOY: Michael Malone6MOY: Fred van VleetMIP: John CollinsLeading Scorer : James Harden2020 Champions : Lakers beat 76ers 4-2.Dark horse teams : Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets. https://t.co/c4rVCwgrUW— McLovin (@_chinbus) October 21, 2019\nMVP: GiannisDPOY: EmbiidROY: ZionCOY: Malone6MOY: VanvleetMIP: TurnerLeading scorer: CurryChampion: PhillyRunner up: ClippsMost disappointing team: HoustonMost Surprising Team: Brooklyn— Matt (@MattWheel00) October 20, 2019\n➡️ MVP : Stephen Curry➡️ Coach de l'année : Quin Snyder➡️ Rookie de l'année : Ja Morant➡️ DPOY : Rudy Gobert➡️ MIP : Bam Adebayo➡️ 6th man : Fred Van Vleet— ThisIsWhyIWatch (@RoManito33) October 21, 2019\n2019-20: NBA prediction cards: MVP: GiannisDPOY: LeonardROY: Zion COY: Nurse 6MOY: Vanvleet MIP: Michael Porter JR Leading scorer: CurryChampion: RaptorsRunner-up: ClippersMost disappointing team: RocketsMost surprising team: Nuggets— Visca (@Anthony_Visca) October 20, 2019\n19-20Exec of year: Winger/FrankCoach: Brett Brown!Most improved: Kelly Olynyk6th Man: Fred Van VleetRookie: ZionScoring Title: StephDPoy: EmbiidMVP: Steph1-Seeds: Sixers and RocketsShip: Lakers over Sixers— Duncan Roth (@UncleDuncle) October 18, 2019\nMvp: embidCoy : doc riversRoy: ja morantDPOY: kawhi Mip: jamal Murray6th man : van vleet— David 🚀 (@DT2697) October 21, 2019\nMy 2020 nba award predictions:MVP: Giannis AntetokounmpoCOTY: Brad StevensDPOY: Anthony DavisROTY: Zion WillliamsonMIP: Lonzo Ball6MOTY: Fred Van Vleet— 𝕂𝕃𝕆𝕎𝙏𝙞𝙈𝙀🦉 (@SwickSports) October 12, 2019\nMVP: GiannisDPOY: GobertROY: Ja MorantCOY: Mike Malone6MOY: FVVMIP: Jonathan IssacLeading Scorer: James HardenChampions: ClippersRunner Ups: 76ersBiggest Disappointment: Utah JazzBiggest Surprise: Chicago Bulls https://t.co/OC72Rphqoh— taylor (@tayloswiz) October 21, 2019\nI'll bite. As heard on #TamperingSZN 2019-20: NBA prediction cards: MVP: CurryDPOY: Anthony davis ROY: JaCOY: Brett Brown6MOY: Fred Van VleetMIP: D'Aaron FoxLeading scorer: CurryChampion: LALRunner-up: PHIMost disappointing team: PacersMost surprising team: Knicks— Boogie Bousins (@bansky) October 21, 2019\n#Nbaukfans2020challengeNBA champ - ClippersEast champ - PhillyWest champ - ClippersWorst record - HornetsMVP - GiannisROTY - ZionDPOY - GobertMIP - Fultz6MOY - Van VleetCOTY - Doc Rivers— dion (@dionrs7) October 8, 2019\nMVP: LeBron James DPOY: Al Horford ROY: Ja Morant COY: Frank Vogel 6MOY: Fred Van VleetMIP: Lonzo Ball Leading scorer: James HardenChampion: LakersRunner-up: Celtics Most disappointing team: 76ersMost surprising team: Jazz https://t.co/z6m2XVDvic— Johnny ✌🏾 Times (@livingnthe90s) October 20, 2019\nVanVleet's name being thrown around so much is a testament to how much his stock has risen in recent times. And, in fact, the thing most likely to stop him competing for the award could be his own success.\nShould FVV be one the main beneficiaries of the gaping hole left by Kawhi Leonard's departure, he may play himself out of eligibility for the replacements' trophy.\nKevin Durant thinks younger players should be looking up to Van Vleet, who appears truly settled with family life in Toronto. With his greatest year to date in the books behind him, maybe this is the year Fred picks up an individual trophy?\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.