Originally Posted by RhymesayersDU
All I'm gunna say is this. I'm impressed, the Mavs are in fact playing great.
BUT with that said, what about Flip Saunders? What about Mike D'Antoni?
Granted, Flip already had a great team, but still, they could reasonably win 70 games. That is something special.
And D'Antoni, everybody left that team for dead after Amare went down, and they're right there.
Again, this isn't Avery Johnson hate, but I'd take Flip and Mike over him, I think.
I also think that it could come down to Chauncy vs. Nash for MVP... Chauncy is leading that Piston squad, but same deal, Nash is carrying that team without it's best player.
Well, you have to be consistent in the way you divvy up the accolades.
I have heard direct quotes from D'Antoni and Nash where D'Antoni has said that Nash is the coach for that offense and basically makes all of the decisions. Think Peyton Manning. Nash is the brains and the athletic prowess behind that offense. In this case, I give the credit to Nash and take some of it from D'Antoni. Not to say that Mike does not contribute, but Nash's contributions are what makes that team win games. Nash is what gives them that extra kick. Even when Stoudamire plays. Nash is the Suns.
Nash avgs: 19.1 ppg, 11.5 apg, 4.4 rpg, 0.87 spg, .927 ft%
Detroit is playing well and are motivated to win the championship. They have a more focused offense and are still playing tough D. Saunders has always been one of the top NBA coaches, IMO, and I wouldnt be disappointed at all if he won the award. He has kept the team on track for the first half of the season on the way to distancing themselves from the rest of the weak east. Billups is a piece of a team. To give him the award would be awarding him for what the team has accomplished. Billups makes some tough shots for that team and passes pretty well, but would you say that he means more to his team's success than Nash? The Pistons are a complete squad with other awesome players that would be stars no matter where they played. Wallace, Wallace, Hamilton, and Prince are all great athletic and versatile players. IMO, the only appropriate award for that team is the NBA Championship. The other awards dont fit. They dont tell the story. Remember, this is a team that hasnt dealt with the problems that Dallas, San Antonio, or Phoenix has.
Chauncey Billups: 19.3 ppg, 8.5 apg, 3.2 rpg, 0.7 spg, .920 ft%
On Avery Johnson/Dirk Nowitzki:
When considering Avery, you really have to look at what has happened in Dallas since the end of last season. Avery has set an all-time record for wins by a first year coach . You cant allow that to go uncommended. He has also won coach of the month 3 times out of his first 4 months as an NBA coach. He's getting recognized because he has taken an offensive powerhouse and added toughness and physicality to their style of play, and it's translated into championship basketball. The Mavs are playing better than the Spurs right now, and are looking good heading into the season's second half. Avery has taken the Mavs and moved them into the elite category. He has brought the best out of Dirk, Dampier, Diop, Adrian Griffin, Jason Terry, etc. Dirk is now one of the top couple of players in the league because Avery has made his game more consistent and proportioned his minutes properly. Avery and Dirk are the key to Dallas' success and they are both having great seasons. They are having the type of break out seasons that deserve national accolades. Avery has changed the mimdset of Mav basketball and made it more successful.
Dirk Nowitzki: 25.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.09 bpg, .470 fg%, .892 ft%