The best players and the most memorable moments of the NBA's 2014-2015 regular season remembered, FHM-style!
But before the best eight teams of each conference duke it out for the NBA championship starting this Sunday, let's all look back at the recently concluded season and the exciting moments it gave us. There's LeBron James coming back home to Cleveland and leading the now-surging Cavaliers; Andrew Wiggins proving that the hype is real; the Atlanta Hawks taking a page out of the San Antonio Spurs' playbook and steam-rolling the East.
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That being said, the end of the regular season also means that it's time for FHM's NBA Awards! So while we leave the more prestigious trophies to the serious sports guys, here we list down the players and the moments that certainly made an impact (and our sides split from laughing too hard) these past few months.
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SHOT OF THE YEAR: Trevor Booker's Granny Shot At The Buzzer
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NBA rules state that if there's only 0.2 seconds left on the shot clock, the only way you can put the ball through the basket is by throwing a lob pass and tipping it into the hoop. Well, not for Utah Jazz' forward Trevor Booker. On January 9, the Jazz found themselves in a tricky situation late in the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With the shot clock down to two-tenths of a second, Booker got creative and tapped the ball over his head for the most mind-blowing shot of the season.
ANKLE-BREAKER OF THE YEAR: Curry Makes Chris Paul Play Twister On The Court
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The Warriors' MVP candidate was on videogame mode the whole year. Not only was he an automatic when it came to swishing baskets, he was also consistently contributing to highlight reels. The "Baby-Faced Assassin" arguably owns the best handles in the league and can definitely put his defenders on skates at will—even fellow point gods like CP3.
POSTER DUNK OF THE YEAR: Andrew Wiggins' Aerial Annihilation Of Omer Asik
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The 2014 first overall Draft pick is just counting the days before he collects his first NBA hardware: this season's Rookie Of The Year trophy. He leads all rookies in scoring with 16.8 points per game and has already garnered a number of "Oh, damn"-inducing plays in his young career—the latest of which was when he baptized New Orleans Pelicans' center Omer Asik in mid-air during their game last April 13.
CIRCUS SHOT OF THE YEAR: John Wall's 360 Layup Against The LA Clippers
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Seeing Washington Wizards point guard John Wall performing dazzling moves under the rim ain't really a new thing, but that doesn't mean we're dead tired of it. When they faced the LA Clippers back in March 21, J-Wall pulled out one of his signature 360-degree layups against the Clippers' ace defender Matt Barnes. We fondly call this as J-Wall's Matrix mode.
FLOP OF THE YEAR: P.J. Hairston's Rookie Acting Skills
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Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston isn't really known as a capable defender, but nobody expected him to suck at it big time. When the Hornets hosted the defending champ Spurs back in January 14, San Antonio guard Tony Parker slightly bumped Hairston after going over a screen. The rookie could have used his position to stand his ground and trap Parker in a double team but instead he opted to flop—arms flailing and all—until he ends up on Coach Pop's feet. He was fined $5,000 by the NBA the next day for his ridiculous act.
NEW NICKNAME OF THE YEAR: Nik "Sauce Castillo" Stauskas
Thanks to a closed caption error, a Sacramento Kings rookie accidentally got one of the most awesome nicknames in NBA history. He entered the court as Nik Stauskas and left as the trey-sniping, gun-slinging Sauce Castillo.
It was so awesome that the Kings management launched a new campaign in their next game in honor of Nik's bandolero alter-ego:
It also got him his own signature sauce:
Move over Swaggy P, Sauce Castillo is here.
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: LeBron James' Hairline
We could have chosen Paul George's inspiring basketball return or Hassan Whiteside's emergence from D-League journeyman to being the Miami Heat's newfound star, but there's no way we're going to set this one aside.
UNLUCKIEST TEAM OF THE SEASON: Phoenix Suns
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Not only did their three-point-guard experiment cost them the season (39-43), it resulted to them losing their star point guard Goran Dragic and shipping their free-agency prized signee Isiah Thomas to the Playoffs-bound Boston Celtics. And to make things worse, they also lost five of games via heartbreaking buzzer beaters. Yes, five.
WORST 'DO OF THE YEAR: This Not-So-Red-Hot Hairdo
Except maybe for Spurs' great Tim Duncan (who is still totally cool because he's the best power forward ever, so he can do whatever he wants), fashion and swag go side by side with NBA players. There's Russell Westbrook with his leather pants, James Harden and his steampunk beard, and Dwayne Wade and his affinity for pink, among others. But that doesn't mean that all of them can make it to the cover of GQ because, apparently, some have a despicable taste in fashion.
But nothing shocked us more as when Toronto Raptors' forward James Johnson debuted his bright red 'do when he entered the game against the Charlotte Hornets last April 8. What have you been smoking, James?!
MOST UNCONSCIOUS MOMENT: Klay Thompson Scores 37 In A Quarter
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Back in January 23, we witnessed a basketball miracle: Warriors shooting guard Thompson got possessed by the basketball gods and scorched the visiting Sacramento Kings by scoring 37 points in a quarter. The achievement put his name straight in the NBA history books. Ridiculous.
If there's anything that can top all these though, it's got to be the Playoffs. So tune in as we follow the high-intensity postseason over the next few weeks, NBA addicts! We're all in this together!
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