Monday, April 16, 2007

Hardware Time: The NBA Awards Season

Note: Before I begin, while I realize this is simply a blog about sports, I just wanted to send out thoughts and prayers to the victims of the senseless massacre that took place today at Virginia Tech.

Everyone seems to be plugging their NBA awards for the 2006-2007 season. While perhaps it’s cheating to drop awards with a couple days, and games, left in the season…I’ll be a trend-follower instead of a setter (for once).

Throughout this post, I’ll be displaying my season-ending picks alongside my pre-season picks. No need to act surprised on how lopsided they might seem (for either set of selections). No need to worry about lengthy explanations either, meat and potatoes is all that’s on the menu today.

MVP: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
[He makes his entire team as good as it can possibly be. I honestly wonder if they make the playoffs without him. Seriously.]
Preseason – Dwayne Wade,
Miami Heat

Defensive Player of the Year: Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs
[The only guy everyone seems to mention every time. Camby is right there after the last three weeks though.]
Preseason – Ron Artest,
Sacramento Kings

Rookie of the Year: Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers
[Far and away the lone elite performer of the Rookie ’06 class thus far. Bad team or not.]
Preseason – Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers

Most Improved Player: Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors
[Another diamond in the rough for the Warriors; hopefully, one they can keep for a few years.]
Preseason – Marquis
Daniels, Indiana Pacers

Coach of the Year: Sam Mitchell, Toronto Raptors
[He quietly has molded a team of scary, youthful talent and gotten numerous players to completely buy into his style of coaching.]
Preseason – Jerry
Sloan, Utah Jazz

Executive of the Year: Brian Colangelo, Toronto Raptors
[Molded a Phoenix-of-the-East with several brilliant moves, including: Villanueva for Ford, a solid #1-pick in Bargnani, free-agent rookie Garbajosa, and several savvy moves – i.e. acquiring Dixon and shipping Fred Jones elsewhere, cutting PJ Tucker, and picking up the seemingly invaluable Anthony Parker.]
Preseason – Brian Colangelo, Tornto Raptors

All-1st Team:
Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Steve Nash, & Kobe Bryant
Preseason – D. Nowitzki, T. Duncan, S. Nash, K. Bryant, and D. Wade

All-2nd Team:
Yao Ming, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, Gilbert Arenas, & Chauncey Billups
Preseason – L. James, C. Anthony, G. Arenas, Y. Ming, and K. Garnett

Note: Where’s Dwayne Wade? I guess I had to penalize him, more than Gilbert, for the injury and numerous games missed.

Unfortunately, this was my lasting image of D-Wade's 06/07 campaign.
Credit: Times Union

All-1st Team Defense:
Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Marcus Camby, Bruce Bowen, & Ron Artest
Preseason – R. Artest, T. Duncan, K. Bryant, B. Bowen, and R. Bell

All-Rookie 1st Team:
Jorge Garbajosa, Andrea Bargnani, Rudy Gay, Brandon Roy, & Randy Foye
Preseason – I had Aldridge here, yet Garbajosa is a legitimate #2 rookie of the year selection.

We’ll see how close, or insanely far away, I end up being in the coming weeks.

Until next time…

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