Re: seasonal awards
- tough calls.
mvp: i'll take duncan, i guess, but it's close.
roy: yao. relative to position, hands down the best rookie. can you
imagine the kind of impact amare might have had if he spent a couple
of years with caliparo first?
6th man: kirilenko. terrific defense, efficient shooting.
improved: harpring. the only guy this year i feel like you can ask
the question "where the heck did that come from?" about and not have
a decent answer.
coach: this is tough. you have to like the job frank johnson did in
phoenix this season, integrating a rookie and a headcase into one of
the 12 or so best teams in basketball. maurice cheeks also deserves
some credit for yet another season of zero fatalities. i'll give it
to flip saunders, though, for taking garnett and not much else to
hca. they're the fifth best team in basketball. unfortunately, the
four ahead of them all play in the same conference.
exec: i hate this award, since it's so short-sighted; good nba moves
often-- maybe even usually-- take over a year to really work
themselves out. for the last year, the best single move was probably
dumping vin baker on a totally unsuspecting chris wallace, but the
rest of sund's moves haven't really been any great shakes. i'm
tempted to give it to nelly for finally leaving his team alone.
paxson got his cavs off to a pretty good start towards rebuilding,
netting a couple of decent talents in the draft and apparently
dumping andre miller at exactly the right time. i guess i'd give it
to petrie for somehow improving an already-great team and giving it
the depth it needed to treat an injury-plagued regular season to what
i see as a totally inevitable nba championship, while netting an
extra first-rounder to boot.
all nba: pretty uncontroversial. kobe, tmac, kg, duncan, and shaq.