|Posted on March 24, 2011 at 6:20 PM|
After the Oscars (Academy Awards) were held a few weeks ago, I thought I should give awards to NBA players that have accomplished things in basketball that correspond to achievements in the movie industry. The winners are in color.
Last Year’s Winners:
- Best Player – Lebron James
- Best Player in a Supporting Role – Pau Gasol
- Best Coach – Nate McMillan of Portland
- Best International Player – Steve Nash
- Best Highlights – Lebron James
- Best Streak – Kevin Durant’s 29 straight games with 25 points
- Best Jerseys – Sacramento Kings
- Best Team – Los Angeles Lakers
Best Player (Best actor in a leading role)
Nominees – Derrick Rose, Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant
It just has to be Derrick Rose. Even I didn’t realize it until today, but the Chicago Bulls have the second best record in the NBA, and the team’s only all-star, Rose, must take a lot of credit for that. He is the only player in the league in the top ten in scoring and assists, and on top of that, he is seventh among all guards in rebounding and leads his team in three-pointers.
Best Player in a Supporting Role (Best actor in a supporting role)
Nominees – Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Chauncey Billups, Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook
We can argue if Dwyane Wade is really a leading actor along with Lebron James, but he really is a supporting actor. James is averaging more points, rebounds, assists, shot attempts, and crunch-time shot attempts. Wade is the only starting all-star of the nominees, so he wins, even though all of these players have had fabulous seasons as supporting players. Stephen Curry’s and Chauncey Billups’s percentages are inhuman (Curry: 94% on free throws, 43% on threes) (Billups: 92% on free throws, 42% on threes), Pau Gasol’s stats are unbelievable, and Westbrook, Allen, and Pierce are all having solid all-star years.
Best Coach (Best director)
Nominees – Nate McMillan of Portland, Tom Thibodeau of Chicago, Gregg Popovich of San Antonio
Thibodeau is a first year coach, and has contributed immensely to the improvement of the Bulls from having the 17th best record in the league, to having the 2nd best record in the league. He is known for being a defense expert, and that has been shown by Chicago holding their opponents to just 42.7% from the field, the lowest of all NBA teams in the last three years.
Best International Player (Best foreign language film)
Nominees – Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Al Horford
Best Highlights (Best visual effects)
Click on each player's first name to see their best play of the season, and click on each player's last name to see their second best play of the season. Blake's dunks speak for themselves.
Best Streak (Best short film)
Kevin Love’s 53 straight double-doubles
This is an impressive streak and clearly the best of the season. Many people are considering this streak historic because it is the most consecutive double-doubles “post-merger” (after 1970, when the NBA and ABA merged). However, all that talk about Love breaking a record is simply incorrect. Before 1970, Wilt Chamberlain recorded 227 double-doubles in a row! Why don’t we count that number when we count other records that Wilt Chamberlain set? It makes absolutely no sense, so make sure that you don’t disregard the feats of Wilt Chamberlain, who is one of the more underrated stars in NBA history.
Best Jerseys (Best costume design)
Click on each team to see their uniform. Each of these jerseys has great qualities. Chicago’s are just classy, simple, and stylish. Golden State’s have that awesome Golden Gate Bridge in the middle. Sacramento’s have the beautiful shade of purple, the crown as the dot of the “i,” and the cool lettering. Utah’s have the basketball in the “J,” the three-color combination, and the 3-D lettering. It’s very close, but I’m going to give it to the defending champions of the “Best Jersey” award, the Sacramento Kings, with the Warriors as a very close second in maybe the toughest field of good-looking jerseys in NBA history.
Best Team (Best picture)
Nominees – San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers
The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA by a large margin. However, that doesn’t mean that they are the favorite to win the title. I believe that team is the Chicago Bulls.
They beat their opponents by more points on average than the Spurs do, they lead the NBA in out-rebounding their opponents, and they have the best defense in the league. They will also have momentum going into the postseason because they have a remarkably easy schedule for the remainder of the year and they have won 13 of their last 15 games. This will help Chicago gain the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and therefore, home court advantage for the playoffs, which will be crucial because the Bulls are nearly unbeatable at home (31-4 this season). With Tim Duncan injured for San Antonio, the Celtics struggling lately, and the Miami Heat having a 3-9 record versus the other teams on the list above, believe it or not, the Chicago Bulls have emerged as the favorite to win the NBA championship.
Comment below and tell me who you think should have won these awards.
Categories: Awards & Honors