While some of us aren't too happy with the results, particularly those who felt their idols were left out; we all can still agree that the chosen players deserved their spots.
Who would argue with this cast:
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In this time of hoops award-giving, we decided to come up with our own set of unconventional accolades which we hope the league will consider next season.
THE NOT-SO-SUPERSTAR AWARD: CARMELO ANTHONY
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If expectations weren't high enough for the New York Knicks' franchise player, his fresh five-year, $124 million deal to stay with his hometown team certainly didn't help. Primed for a breakout year, Melo was just able to play the first half of the season after undergoing a knee surgery right after the All-Star Game, in which he was selected as a starter. The Melo Man being shut down then saw the start of the Knicks' (and team president Phil Jackson's) demolition and tanking job.
THE PLAYER-YOU-CANNOT-MISS-NEXT-SEASON AWARD: GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO
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Excuse us with the long title, but the Greek Freak has a far longer wingspan (and surname) and an even longer list of highlights from last season. Together with an up and coming Milwaukee Bucks team led by Coach Jason Kidd, Giannis can only get better from here. Expect a bevy of otherworldly jams, sick handles, and tenacious D from the Alphabet next year. We just hope the same happens for his brother, Thanasis.
THE ENFORCER OF THE YEAR AWARD: KENDRICK PERKINS
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After spending his first seven years with the Boston Celtics, Perk had no qualms imposing his will against his former team and its players as seen in the video above. Now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers (after a solid four-year tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder), his minutes have dipped to a career-low (to even frequent DNPs), but expect the present incarnation of Bad Boy Rick Mahorn to lay down his hard-nosed work ethic whenever he's called to the court.
THE FROM-TRASH-TO-TREASURE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD: JR SMITH
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From being a member of a downright awful Knicks team, JR, along with Iman Shumpert, who came with him in the trade, suddenly found himself in serious playoff contention with the Cavaliers. Playing alongside The King, J-Swish had gone from untying other players' shoelaces to setting the Cavs' franchise record with eight three-pointers in their Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Now, that's a good transformation!
THE "GET WELL SOON, MAN" AWARD: CHRIS BOSH
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After losing their best player to a homecoming, the Miami Heat was dealt another huge blow when their dinosaur—whom they just re-signed to a max contract—was declared out for the season because of blood clots in his lungs. Bosh's exit came at a time when the Heat may have finally found their center of the future in Hassan Whiteside and acquired point guard Goran Dragic in one of the biggest moves of this season's trade deadline. As fearsome as their starting five seems, it will all be for naught if they won't be able to compete as a complete unit.
THE MOST IGNORED PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD: DEMARRE CARROLL
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The only member of the Hawks' starting five who didn't get to be part of the Eastern Conference All-Star Team? Wasn't included in any of the two All-NBA Defensive teams, receiving just ONE vote? Competently guarding arguably the best player on the planet during their conference finals matchup, before going down in a left knee injury? It's darn due time somebody shows DeMarre some love!
THE JOURNEYMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: BRANDAN WRIGHT
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Just as he was finally settling in the Dallas Mavericks rotation, Brandan was traded to the Boston Celtics, along with Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, a couple of draft picks and a trade exception, for enigmatic point guard Rajon Rondo. Then, after eight games as a Celtic, he was then again traded to the Phoenix Suns for a protected first-round pick via the Minnesota Timberwolves. Here's to hoping Brandan—who we think is a perfect fit for the Suns' fast-paced, run-and-gun style—would thrive in the Valley of the Sun. Or at the very least, stay put for one season.
THE "WTF HAPPENED?" PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD: LANCE STEPHENSON
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The Charlotte Hornets' acquisition of Mr. Born Ready was one of the more applauded moves during the 2014 off-season. Many believed that Lance, who looked like an All-Star in his last season with the Indiana Pacers, was the missing puzzle piece for Buzz City to crack the East's upper echelon. But instead, his ear-blowing side prevailed. Inconsistency throughout his first few games as a starter earned him a spot on the bench and, eventually, 10 to 15-minute stints. The Hornets missed the playoffs, and the Brooklyn native? Well, he's rocking these kicks.
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