1st Annual TSF NBA Post-Season Awards

The TSF Voting Methodology:

Three (3) points were awarded for every first place vote in a given category

Two (2) points were awarded for every second place vote in a given category

One (1) point was awarded for every third place vote in a given category

Each member of The Starting Five was asked to submit their top three choices in each category: MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Comeback Player, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

MVP 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Total

Kobe Bryant

X, X, X, X

 

X

13

Steve Nash

 

X

 

2

Dirk Nowitzki

X

X

X, X

7

Tracy McGrady

   

X

1

Tim Duncan

 

X, X

X

5

Chris Bosh

 

X

 

2

The 2006-2007 MVP Award goes to Kobe Bryant.

Key point to ponder when considering this choice: Among the contenders listed about which of their teams do not make the playoffs without them? Besides Bryant, the only other player on the list for whom a legitimate argument can be made is Chris Bosh and possibly McGrady, though Houston proved it could win without him during stretches simply because of their defensive prowess. Both Toronto and Houston have had healthy, useful supporting casts all year long. The Lakers have not.

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Defensive P.O.Y 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Total

Marcus Camby

X, X

X, X, X

 

12

Ben Wallace

 

X, X

 

4

Tyson Chandler

 

X

X

3

Shane Battier

   

X

1

Shaquille O’Neal*

X

   

3

Tim Duncan

   

X

1

Kevin Garnett

   

X

1

Shawn Marion

X

   

3

The 2006-2007 Defensive Player of the Year Award goes to Marcus Camby.

Key point to consider when pondering this choice: Camby has been as healthy this season as he has been his entire career. He started 70 games. His stats were well above his career averages in every major category. His minutes were up. He averaged nearly three defensive rebounds per game above his career numbers. His total rebounds were up 2.5 RPG. His blocks per game are up nearly a full point and his fouls per game are down a half a point. What these figures reflect are better decision-making and positioning around the basket, both of which have resulted in the higher defensive rebounding average.

* D-Wil says, “No one messes with an offense like Shaq. Players rarely think about making a foray to the rim when The Big Defender is in the game. Just watch an offense an opposing offense when Zo in replaces Shaq. Though Zo will get his share of blocks it’s only because teams fell like they can take the ball to the hoop.

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Sixth Man 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Total

Ben Gordon*

X, X, X

X

 

11

Leandro Barbosa

 

 

X, X, X

 

X

 

7

Antonio McDyess

   

X

1

Manu Ginobli

X, X

X

X

9

David Lee

   

X

1

         

The 2006-2007 Sixth Man of the Year Award goes to Ben Gordon.

Key point to consider when pondering this choice: Gordon, unlike Ginobli, is a true sixth man. By true, we mean he is better and his team is better when he is coming off the bench. Meanwhile, the rap on Ginobli is that he is really a starter who cedes the role to Finley or Barry so that they can get warm early in the game. Barbosa had an undeniably outstanding season but the rap on him is that his is a “system player” who thrives because of the Suns’ style of play rather than of his own accord. Gordon is the first sixth man in sixteen years to average 20-plus per game. He leads his team in scoring and minutes played.

*We acknowledge that Gordon is technically ineligible to win the Sixth Man Award because he started 50 games this season.

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Most Improved 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Total

T.J. Ford

X, X

   

6

Mikki Moore

 

X

 

2

Caron Butler*

   

X

1

Monta Ellis

X

   

3

Andre Bynum

   

X

1

Kevin Martin

 

X

 

2

Luol Deng**

X

   

3

Al Jefferson

 

X

 

2

Tyson Chandler

   

X

1

Josh Howard

 

X, X

 

4

Andre Iguodala

   

X

1

Mehmet Okur

X

   

3

Eddy Curry

   

X

1

The 2006-2007 Most Improved Player Award goes to T.J. Ford.

Key point to consider when pondering this choice: First off, the voting results reveal that of all of the awards the Most Improved Player Award is subject to the subjective prejudices of the viewer. Why is that? Well, unlike other awards, the qualifications for this award are not etched in stone. Secondly, these are guys who by the nature of the award float beneath the surface for the first quarter of so of the season. What this means is that people’s decisions are in large based upon which team they watch or are informed by the media to watch. T.J. Ford truly reflects the spirit of the award in that his improvement is reflected in the overall improvement of the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors improved by 20 wins this season and won the Atlantic Division

* J. Weiler notes that his Caron Butler vote is really based on the last two seasons in Washington.

** D-Wil notes that “Last season Deng was at 14 ppg and 6 rpg, shooting under 50%. This year he’s the Bulls’ second-leading scorer (18.8 ppg), second-leading rebounder 7 rpg and leads the team in field goal percentage (51.8%).

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Comeback 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Total

Amare Stoudemire

 

X, X

   

 

6

Jason Kidd*

 

X, X

 

4

Kevin Martin

X

   

3

Alonzo Mourning

   

X

1

Carlos Boozer

   

X

1

Grant Hill

 

X

 

2

The 2006-2007 Comeback Player of the Year Award goes to Amare Stoudemire.

Key point to consider when pondering this choice: Probably the most unexciting award of the season, the Comeback Player Award generally has to go to a player coming off of a serious injury. There really isn’t any reason to go into a detailed analysis of Stoudemire’s season. He started slow, then came on like the runs. Armed with a reliable fifteen-footer, he’s a better all around player than he was in ‘05. End of story.

* HNIC reports that Kidd’s season should not be undervalued. He and Carter led a depleted Nets team to a respectable 6th place finish and by his own account said this was his second best season as a pro. The only better one was the 01-02 campaign when he was edged out by Duncan for MVP.

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Rookie 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Total

Brandon Roy*

X,X,X,X,X

   

15

Randy Foye

 

X

 

2

Rudy Gaye

   

X

1

Andrew Bargnani

   

 

X

 

1

Lamarcus Aldridge

 

X

 

2

         

The 2006-2007 Rookie of the Year Award goes to Brandon Roy.

Key point to consider when pondering this choice: There isn’t one.

D-Wil says, “He’s a shoe-in and the only true consideration for ROY. Portland looked like a real team when the offense ran through him. Roy was second on Portland in minutes played per game second in scoring and averaged 4.4 rpg and 4 apg. The Trail blazers were often difficult to watch but Roy the ROY, along with fellow rook LaMarcus Aldridge later in the year, gave NBA fans something to look forward to from the Oregon crew.”

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Coach of the Yr. 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Total

Sam Mitchell

X, X, X

X

 

11

Don Nelson

   

X

1

Avery Johnson

X

X

X

6

Eddie Jordan

 

X

 

2

Jeff Van Gundy

 

X

X

3

Jerry Sloan

X

   

3

Gregg Popovich

   

X

1

Flip Saunders

 

X

 

2

The 2006-2007 Coach of the Year Award goes to Sam Mitchell.

Key point to consider when pondering this choice: A lot of coaches have a legitimate argument when you take into consideration their various situations. Van Gundy endured extensive stretches without T-Mac and Yao Ming. Sloan got Utah out and running early and never looked back even though the Big Three caught and passed them. Flip Saunders kept a team that was falling apart by the end of last season focused all year long and integrated Webber beautifully. Eddie Jordan was the second hottest coach in the East before the All-Star break. With a healthy Arenas and Butler his name would be seriously considered. Avery Johnson kept the Mavericks hungry and improved their defense dramatically. Popovich stayed with his stalwarts even though they were looking pretty shaky before the All-Star break. Don Nelson made some ballsy mid-season trades to bring in the types of players that fit his system. He brought Ellis along nicely without infringing on Baron Davis’ shine. But Sam Mitchell has done the job of the season. He took an unusually young team with very few bonafide or experienced players and turned them into a methodical beast. They may not get far in the playoffs but no one expected Toronto to even be there in the first place.

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7 Responses to “1st Annual TSF NBA Post-Season Awards”

  1. Thanks for the yeoman’s work HNIC…. This is tight!

  2. Yeah, good work bruh…Can’t wait for the Playoff predictions.

  3. My MVP voting would have gone Kobe, Nash, and Duncan. Especially if the criteria is this: “which of their teams do not make the playoffs without them?”.

    If that’s the case, Duncan is the most underappreciated player in the NBA. His squad is up their with the Suns and Mavs, yet beside TP and Manu the Spurs are awful. Manu is at best a slasher/low %chucker, and certainly not even good enough to be a second banana on most teams (Manu is my favorite NBA player, so don’t think I’m hating on him). TP is hardly a franchise player, and as a point he’s improved over the past few years, but I still feel like there are better points out there. Take Duncan off this team, and I don’t see how the Spurs are better than the Hornets….

    And if I had a vote, Balkman would have ended up with one third-place “x” in the R.O.Y. category.

  4. maxairington Says:

    First of all, nice work. More importantly, I would like to use this as an opportunity to apologize to Eddy Curry, for completely forgetting about him in the most improved player race. Next time I’m in NY, I’ll buy you some, um, whatever the hell made you so fat in the first place. Anyway, nice job this year, and here’s to hoping that real voters arent as forgetful as I am.

    And now it’s time for some of you guys to give TMac an apology. One MVP vote?

  5. TheLastPoet Says:

    Yeah, that was cool, fellas.

    Here’s a toast to the ONLY place outside of Los Angeles where Mr Bryant will win even a mythical MVP – perhaps ever!

    Marcus Camby is very deserving – it’s a wonder he’s been able to keep his fragile body on the court at all, defending 1 on 5 as he consistently does has to hurt. Them other Nuggets sure as hell do not defend.

    TJ Ford is an inspired choice for most improved. Are his numbers significanlty better than they were last year at Milwaukee? This is not a challenge, I’m just asking cuz I don’t know, and I don’t have time to go to NBA.com to look it up…

    One question: what are Kevin Martin and Alonzo Mourning coming back from? Zo has the kidney ailment, of course, but that was a season or two ago, was it not?

  6. Good job fellas. I agree with every pick except I’d go for Kevin Martin for MIP.

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