The Real NBA Season Awards

Posted on by Igor Derysh (IgorDerysh)
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Every year the NBA hands out a ton of awards and every year fans are gravely disappointed. Let's face it, the NBA awards only reflect the opinions of a few people, not a consensus of all serious observers. I've gone back, re-watched every single regular season game of every team, and decided to put my own rulings in.

The Awards:

Dunk of the Year: Dwyane Wade to LeBron James

Moment of the Year: Love's 30-30 Game

In a season with some pretty dominant performances, few stood out as much (or were less expected) than Kevin Love single-handedly taking over the court (and the T-Wolves) in the first 30 point-30 rebound game since Moses Malone nearly 30 years ago (that's right, the first 30-30 in 30).

Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin

Much like it's hard to argue with the Most Improved Player award going to Love, it is impossible to deny Griffin the Rookie of the Year (though technically he was drafted two years ago). In his first NBA season, Griffin started every game for the Clippers and averaged 22.5 points and 12 rebounds. He also set a franchise record with 27 consecutive double-doubles and became the first rookie to win the RoY Award unanimously in more than two decades.

Most Improved Player: Kevin Love

Sure, why not? It took a long time for Kevin Love to live up to his fifth-overall draft pick status, but there seems to be no doubt that this year was where it all came together for the big man. After giving the T-Wolves a solid presence off the bench, he turned it up this season, leading the otherwise lowly team with 20 points and 15 rebounds per game. Even better, he put up 53 straight double-double performances during the year, the most of any player in nearly 40 years. Not bad for a white guy in the NBA.

MVP: LeBron James

Derrick Rose may be a hot shot young star but Bron Bron he is not. Despite the fact that James moved to a team with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to steal some of his opportunities and thunder, he still put up one of the best seasons of his career.

James averaged 27 points, 7 assists, and 7.5 rebounds per game compared to Rose's 25 points, 7.7 assists, and 4 rebounds. James also shot 51% from the floor compared to Rose's 44%, and slightly bested Rose in steals as well. Either one of them could walk away with the NBA Championship this season but LeBron is still king.

The Un-Awards:

Worst Team: The Cleveland Cavaliers

It wasn't as bad as the Nets' mere 12 wins in 2009-10, but the Cavs certainly had to work for their 19-63 season record. In fact, they were just 13-57 before winning six of their last 12 games. Of course, it is hard to win when forward J.J. Hickson is the only player to start more than 38 games. It doesn't help that the entirety of their previous (playoff contending) team moved away to Miami in the off-season. (See MVP.)

Worst Player (min. 40 games): James Posey

Who? Exactly. There's always a heated debate over just who the worst player in the league is. Well, this year, statistically, James Posey was. Playing in 49 games for the Indiana Pacers (and averaging 17 minutes per game!) the usually sub-par Posey put up one of the worst years of his career. He nailed just 33% of his shots from the field (the worst among players with over 40 games played outside of Luke Walton) to go along with his 31% three-point shooting and 73% free throw shooting. On the whole, Posey averaged less than 5 points per game and 3 rebounds.

Worst Attempt to Compete: The New York Knicks

When the Knicks failed to land any big stars to help out free agent Amar'e Stoudemire, they had to rely on their younger players to carry the load. To many New Yorkers' surprise, the Knicks weren't that bad! A .500-ish, 7th place team that would be bounced quickly from the playoffs.

Seeing that they had no shot to compete with super teams like the Heat, Celtics, and Bulls, the Knicks decided to go after that one big star. In usual Knicks fashion, they used all the great young players that had been carrying the team to acquire Carmelo Anthony and, to a lesser extent, Chauncey Billups. Carmelo did well, but with Billups' injuries and all of the Knicks' young talent gone, Amar'e and Carmelo came up short. They finished exactly where they were in the standings when they made the trade and were quickly swept by the Celtics. Always next year, right Knicks fans?

Biggest Fail: The Cavs' Losing Streak

Though the Cavs ultimately avoided becoming the worst team in the history of the NBA, at one point in the season it seemed like they would fail even that. The lowest point came in their 26th consecutive loss in February, a new NBA record. The Cavs finally snapped out of it after a losing streak that spanned three months with an overtime win over the Clippers.

Runner Up: Yeah!!! Wait, What?

And then there's this. Von Wafer misses a sure dunk, obliviously celebrates his failed attempt, then proceeds to cause a turnover when he runs into his own teammate. Well done.

Who Deserved the MVP Award?

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derrick rose is a beast 2011 champs

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