We Rite Goode are hosting the final round of blogger voting for NBA Awards, and it promises to be a good ‘un. I certainly am looking forward to what people think is ‘so’ (they added a few categories for votes too – thus the expanded format). If you’re interested, and you should be – We Rite Goode have the blogger final say on the matter up…
Anyway, on with what I had to say about it all… and a lil’ bit more:
- Mitch Kupchak (Lakers) – with due deference to Danny Ainge, the acquisition of Pau Gasol was a better piece of astute GMing than the KG trade. Yes, Garnett turns the Celtics from being a cellar-dweller into perhaps the best team in basketball, but at what price? Gasol didn’t cost the Lakers a single player in their top NINE! No ‘future-on-hold’, and the other effect this has is probably keeping Kobe Bryant happy and in a Laker uniform for the foreseeable future. Good work Mitch!
- Danny Ainge (Celtics) – Ainge turned a franchise from being a punchline to a headline. The addition of both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, put the pride back in Celtic.
- Kevin Garnett – not only for his individual defense – which has been fantastic – but for instilling a stinginess in a team that was previously positively lackadaisical with their D. Now, the Celtics are a pack of nasty seagulls after a chip.
- Marcus Camby – gotta feel for the guy. Plays phenomenal defense on a team where no-one else even knows how to spell it. If Enver had a defensive mindset to match Camby, they’d be pretty much unbeatable.
- Byron Scott – hasn’t really had the kudos he deserves in taking a roster that people thought would struggle to make the playoffs as far as he has…
- Rick Adelman – had the Rockets doing things they had no right to be doing.
- Stan Van Gundy – will avoid the obligatory Ron Jeremy comment and just state that Van Gundy has done a good job with Orlando.
- Hedo Turkoglu – really came in from outta nowhere (seemingly), and is doing better than the Magic’s high-profile signee, Rashard Lewis.
- David West – has established himself as one of the better big forwards in the game, even tho’ his stats are only marginally improved over the last few seasons. Not quite at an elite level, but playing way beyond any of us thought he could.
- Andrew Bynum – Yup, I know… only a handful of games, but if he went from being the cause of Kobe’s ire to the reason Kobe’s still a Laker. Not a bad transition.
7th Man of the Year (a candidate must play no more than 24 minutes per game or have started more than 25% of all games he played).
I like the notion of this award. If 6th men are allowed to play like Ginobli, and play in excess of 30 minutes a game (more minutes than anyone not named Tim Duncan or Tony Parker)… then it’s a joke. Thanks guy for this one!
- Leon Powe – I know a few people who’ll love this selection. Powe’d be a starter on many rosters. Guy has a pretty big future. And he’s playing understudy to the best in the game.
- Jordan Farmar – has really improved this year, and is in a good position to take over the starter’s role next season.
- Rodney Stuckey – (could’ve gone to either him or Jason Maxiell, whichever you regard as not being the 6th man!) Definitely has added depth to the Pistons bench, and his quality minutes are a big reason as to why Detroit look threatening this year.
- Al Horford – has done it all this year, night in, night out. Hasn’t taken nights off, and hasn’t been MIA… unlike the guy who’s favoured to actually win this award.
- Luis Scola – Maybe the reason why the Rockets did as well as they did. Yes, T-Mac’s there, but Scola flew under the radar for everyone.
- Kevin Durant – will end up being a better player than Horford, but hasn’t had as good a rookie season.
- Glen Davis
- Jamario Moon
Most Valuable Player
- Kobe Bryant – not sure why I am even going to bother arguing this one. Guy deserves it, and that’s based on what he’s done this year. We collectively asked him to play team ball, and make those around him better… he has. Previous years when he had amazing seasons, we declared that ‘stats-don’t-matter’ – yet now we want to award the MVP to Chris Paul or LeBron James based on… stats. People point to David West, Peja and Bonzi as being ‘improved by Paul’, when it’s patently not true – their stats are pretty much either a tiny bit better, or in the case of Peja/Bonzi – actually worse. And do not, do not hit me with the “life-time achievement award” stuff again. It’s really insulting and if I hear it again, I will puke blood.
- Chris Paul – Has had a phenomenal season. Perhaps the best point guard in the game today (tho’ I will reserve judgment on that until Steve Nash, Jason Kidd & Deron Williams have finished doing what they’re going to do in the playoffs). What he’s done with the Hornets is phenomenal… and his stats have been just remarkable. But he has had a full roster all season (unlike Kobe), and when crunch time hit, he couldn’t get it done & get the top seed (which may end up in an early beginning to the off-season).
- Kevin Garnett – Ok, maybe I was a lil’ tough on KG last vote (“…but – what? – you want to award a guy the MVP for getting the other Celtics to play the way they’re supposed to?”), and undoubtedly the reason the Green Machine is what it is, is because of one Kevin Garnett… but he’s not the MVP. Not when he has Paul Pierce & Ray Allen as his wingmen. As it stands at the moment, my pick to win the finals – I’m sure Garnett’d be happier to get that.
- Dwight Howard – A good supporting cast, but it is Howard who has got Orlando to this point. And Howard who will take the Magic further…
- Manu Ginobli – 6th Man Award? The powers-that-be really need to look at changing the criteria for this award. How can the best player on a team be eligible for the 6th man award?
- LeBron James – 45 wins doesn’t even make the playoffs in the West. Matter of fact, you finish TENTH.
- Carlos Boozer – Half of the reason many have the Jazz going all the way to the Finals.
- Amare Stoudemire – If Amare had been putting up numbers like he has the past month for the entire season, he’d be in everyone’s discussion for winning the MVP.
- Deron Williams – See #7.
- Tracy McGrady – Hell, I had really hoped that Kobe Lite T-Mac could make it out of the first round this year, but it’s just not happening.
Hey, remember when we used to talk about Tracy McGrady & Kobe in the same sentence?
That’s it… thanks for all the bloggers who participated in this, and thanks to all those that hosted!