Now that the 2010-2011 NBA regular season is almost done, the awards races are slowly heating up. While everybody seems to have their two cents and who deserves to be MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year this season, we've taken a slightly different approach in giving honor to the notable players, coaches, and GMs of this season. Gentlemen, we present:
The "Ricky Davis" Award
This award is given to the player who shamelessly goes for a triple-double like it was an NBA championship.
This year, the title goes to Washington's Javale McGee who wanted nothing more than to score his 10th and 11th point in the closing minutes of a game against the Chicago Bulls despite the fact that the Wizards were already down 16.
Channeling his inner Kevin McHale, McGee goes on an offensive onslaught, or at least he attempts to. Five possessions later, McGee only had a couple of bad shots and a few turnovers to show for his exploits. Mercifully, with less than 20 seconds to go, he achieves his triple-double with a dunk, after which he was called for a technical for hanging on the rim for celebrating his ill-gotten 3-dub. Congratulations, Mr. McGee. You and teammate Andray Blatche will have plenty of stories to tell your grandkids someday.
(Last season's winner had we thought of the Bizzaro Awards a year earlier: Andray Blatche's EPIC, pathetic attempt to get that 10th rebound for a triple double.)
The "Tim Floyd" Award
For the worst coaching job of the year, this award ironically goes to a man who actually has 'Smart' for a last name. During the Golden State Warriors' media day before the 2010-2011 season, Smart said that he wants the Warriors to "play 48 minutes of defense." Seventy-seven regular season games later and the Warriors rank 27th in points allowed (105.9), 22nd in opponent's FG% (46.9%), and they're dead last in keeping teams out of the glass. What happened to playing 48 minutes of defense, coach?
Putting Byron Scott's name here is tempting, but you can't blame him for being left with a team that even Smart Gilas could've beaten. Also, John Kuester needs some special mention for the way he has handled the depressing situation in Detroit. It's one thing to keep reshuffling your starting line-up like it's a security staff, but to have those players allegedly stage a mutiny against you? That's straight up cold, son.
The "Karma Is A Five Letter Word That Starts With A 'B'" Award
In the first 40 games of the season, Utah had a 27-13 record. Since then? 10-28. Right smack in the middle of their catastrophic fall from grace, longtime coach Jerry Sloan abruptly resigned, Deron Williams was shockingly traded to the New Jersey Nets, and BYU's Jimmer Fredette became the best player in the state of Utah. Coincidence? Hardly. There's some cosmic payback going on in Salt Lake for the way Coach Sloan was treated in his last few days at the helm. Sadly for fans of the Jazz, you're team's going to be out-of-tune for a long time.