|Posted on March 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM|
With the Academy Awards (Oscars) recently given out, I decided to hand out my own NBA Oscars, paralleling the real awards. The winners are in bold.
Best Actor in a Leaing Role (Best Player in a Leading Role)
Nominees – Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James
It’s easily Lebron James. I deal with this in greater detail in the Top 10 Can’t-Miss Things from this NBA Season article, but he is having one of the best statistical seasons this league has ever seen (28 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 55% shooting from the field, 42% shooting on three pointers). Click here to read the article I just mentioned.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Best Player in a Supporting Role)
Nominees – Josh Smith, Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook
The award probably would have been given to Wade had he not missed more than a quarter of the season due to injury. However, Russell Westbrook is having a phenomenal season. I bet you didn’t know that he’s fifth in the league in scoring while also shooting 47% from the field, a much improved number from prior seasons. Additionally, he fits the “supporting actor” description perfectly, having assisted on 29% of Kevin Durant’s field goals so far this year. The thought of Oklahoma City having these two 23-year-olds together until 2016 is a scary thought; I can easily see them making the NBA finals three or four times before their contracts expire in five years.
Best Director (Best Coach)
Nominees - Doug Collins of the 76ers, Gregg Popovich of the Spurs
The way Gregg Popovich has led a San Antonio team with an aging roster and Manu Ginobili injured to the fourth best record in the league has been incredible, but Doug Collins gets a slight edge here. Collins has taken a team of ten solid players, but no top-tier players, to a #4 seed in the Eastern Conference. I’ve heard that he implemented a system in which any player with at least three turnovers in a game has to run long distances the next day. Well, it’s working because Philadelphia has turned the ball over 92 fewer times than any other team in the league, and more than 150 times fewer than the league average! Disciplined passing is the mark of a great coach.
Best Foreign Language Film (Best International Player)
Nominees – Dirk Nowitzki, Danilo Gallinari, Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Steve Nash, Tony Parker
Steve Nash narrowly beats out Tony Parker. When you’re leading the league in assists with the supporting cast that Nash has, you deserve some sort of award.
Best Visual Effects (Best Highlights)
Click on each player's first name to see their best play of the season, and click on their last name to see their second best play of the season. Lebron James wins with Paul George a close second place.
Best Short Film (Best Streak)
Linsanity (Jeremy Lin’s stretch of eight games averaging 25 points and 10 assists per game)
Once again, see my Top 10 Can’t Miss Things from this NBA Season article.
Best Costume Design (Best Uniforms)
Click on each team to see their uniform. The Kings win because of their color combination and cool lettering.
Best Casting (Best General Management)
- New York Knicks (Signing Jeremy Lin, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak, Baron Davis, and Jared Jeffries… Drafting Iman Shumpert)
- Los Angeles Clippers (Signing Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups… Trading for Chris Paul)
We know the Knicks’ front office screwed up by trading for Carmelo Anthony, but they have rebounded as of late, winning the J.R. Smith sweepstakes, as well as signing Tyson Chandler (the lesser-known key to Jeremy Lin’s success, who should have been an all-star). They also went from having the NBA’s worst bench to, now, having a roster that features twelve serviceable players. On the other hand, the Clippers’ moves this past off-season has taken them from a laughingstock to a contender in the West (but they should never have gotten Chris Paul, if it hadn’t been for David Stern, so really Stern should get the award even though he single-handedly ran the New Orleans Hornets into the ground).
Best Picture (Best Team)
Nominees – Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Heat are so much better than they were last season. Having recently won nine consecutive games by double-digits, they have to be the favorites to win the title. Once again, see my Top 10 Can’t Miss Things from this NBA Season article for more on the Miami Heat.
Categories: Awards & Honors