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Old 01-23-2006, 08:32 PM   #1
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You want expert analysis? Do you crave proper recognition? Well, you might find yourself on the right thread. I have come to save the day with midseason awards that are right on the money! Angryllama will not be held responsible for any poor takes, homeristic picks, irrational thoughts, etc. Read at your own risk.

Well...here we go. Lets start with the big one:

NBA MVP
Dirk Nowitzki


There has been no player on any team who has contributed more to their team's success on a quality team this season. My qualifications for the award are: the player's team has to be in position for a first round home series, the player has to have 'carried the load' for his team constently all season, the player has to contribute in several statistical categories, the player has to take over in crunch time, the player has to play well with teammates, and make his team better.

Dirk fits the above qualifications better than any other player in the NBA. He scores virtually at will, is committed to wins and making his teammates better, his defensive play has improved dramatically, he scores rebounds, gets assists, steals, blocks, shoots a high % at the stripe, from the floor, and from 3. He has added some post moves to his arsenal. Like Steve Nash, Dirk is the ultimate team player and is committed to doing whatever it takes to get his team victories. Dirk manifests this idea by being committed to making the defensive effort, adding new facets to his game every offseason to better serve his team (last season it was help-side defense and post moves, this season it was passing, interior defense, and more post moves), and being a good locker room guy off of the court.

Dirk got the jump on the award early in the season when he singlehandedly beat the Phoenix suns in Phoenix in the last 7 minutes of the game when the Mavs were playing lethargic ball. Dirk nailed 3 consecutive 3 pointers and hit a couple of free throws in an 11-0 Dirk vs. Phoenix run that ended up an overtime Mavs victory. Dirk has played at that level all season long. In fact, Dirk is the NBA.com "Nestle Crunch Time" stat leader and has been for the entire season.

Dirk is having an outstanding season all around and his team is on it's way to unseating the Spurs atop the Southwest division. They currently are tied for the best record in the west.


Runners up: 2. Steve Nash, 3. Tim Duncan, 4. Lebron James, 5. Dwayne Wade
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:38 PM   #2
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All-NBA Team:
1st team:
G Steve Nash
G Kobe Bryant
F Lebron James
F Dirk Nowitzki
C Tim Duncan

2nd Team:
G Chauncey Billups
G Dwayne Wade
F Paul Pierce
F Kevin Garnett
C Ben Wallace

3rd Team:
G Allen Iverson
G Ray Allen
F Carmelo Anthony
F Elton Brand
C Marcus Camby
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NBA Coach of the Year
Avery Johnson

At some point, this guy is going to have to get some credit. The Mavs are a much better team right now than they have been since they took the Lakers to 7 games in the 1988 Western Conference Finals. Dallas consistently beats the best teams in the league (San Antonio and Detroit), and sports a western conference leading 31-10 record despite having just starting to hit their stride with a full lineup (almost) and extended floor time.

The signing of DeSagana Diop just might have been the best of the offseason. The guy was brought in for 3 million a season and has now beat out Erick Dampier to become the starter. Diop and Adrian Griffin are both AJ guys and they have been awesome assets that nobody else could use. Dirk's game has been raised under AJ, Harris is becoming one of the best young PG's in the NBA, Terry is flourishing, and many other Mavs players are having excellent seasons.

The Mavs are 46-12 under Johnson for a sparkling .793 win %. That is an unbelievable stat. This is a first year coach who left the NBA before last season! AJ is making history right now under the media's noses without recognition. He deserves the award this season if the Mavs continue to win at their current pace.
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:37 PM   #4
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Nice to see a completely unbiased presentation of the awards.
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Nice to see a completely unbiased presentation of the awards.
Well, all of my choices are legit contenders and should be considered in the top couple of picks for each award. I do believe that it's time for Dallas to get some natl. attention as far as awards go. Avery and Dirk are both having outstanding seasons.

The all-NBA team stuff is probably the most correct. I wouldnt be surprised if it ends up looking exactly like that.
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I'd nominate Carmelo for most improved player, but I think Boris Diaw has a stranglehold that one.
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Rookie of the Year
Chris Paul

Bogut looks like a big-time center in a couple of seasons, but Paul is there this season.

Sixth Man of the Year
Mike Miller

Most Improved Player
Boris Diaw (thank you Steve Nash)

Defensive Player of the Year
Ben Wallace
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Rookie of the Year
Chris Paul

Bogut looks like a big-time center in a couple of seasons, but Paul is there this season.
I said it on draft day and I'll say it again here. Thank you Utah for passing on Chris Paul to take Deron Williams.

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Boris Diaw (thank you Steve Nash)
I'm convinced that they could put a tree stump on the court and Nash would make a scorer out of it.

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Ben Wallace
This one burns me a little only because Marcus Camby would have been in the mix for this award if not for his broken pinky.
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A fan from the chokes Mavs?

I'de take Bosh for most improved.

MVP = Chauncey
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You want expert analysis? Do you crave proper recognition? Well, you might find yourself on the right thread. I have come to save the day with midseason awards that are right on the money! Angryllama will not be held responsible for any poor takes, homeristic picks, irrational thoughts, etc. Read at your own risk.

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He's your MVP if you like narcissistic, self-involved losers who like to prop themselves up on stats in some sort of me-first revenge tour for those who still believe that he's a low life and a rapist.

His team is weak. They have no shot at a championship this season. The guy hoists up 30 shots a game and his teammates stand around and watch. It's not like they dont have other players, but Bryant is more than happy to play one-on-one ball the whole game. He gets pushed aside on the list because of guys who play team ball and actually play on teams that are going places. Nowitzki, Nash, and Duncan are the top guys, followed by Lebron. Bryant should just join the And-1 Mixtape tour and get on with it.

Obviously, I dont like Bryant a bit. He'll have alot of fun with his also-ran Lakers and they'll get beat by the good teams. He's the most unlikeable player in all of sports.

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This one burns me a little only because Marcus Camby would have been in the mix for this award if not for his broken pinky.
Yeah...Camby has played very well. He still could get the award.
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He's the most unlikeable player in all of sports.
I have to disagree there.

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I have to disagree there.
Well, it's a toss up between those two IMO! Barroid is pretty unbearable. Oddly enough, he and Bryant are both equally self-absorbed. Nice observation. (Slap wont like that one bit!)
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Well, it's a toss up between those two IMO! Barroid is pretty unbearable. Oddly enough, he and Bryant are both equally self-absorbed. Nice observation. (Slap wont like that one bit!)
Call Kobe what you will (and I'm nowhere near a fan of his myself), but he doesn't inject any illegal substances into his body to help him score 81.

He's selfish and arrogant to the Nth degree, but he's not a cheater. That puts him at least a rung or two lower on the a-hole ladder with me.
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Hey Slap, remember awhile back when Shaq was on the market and we debated about what he would be worth and whether or not the Mavs could get him? I just though I would remind you what has happened to our two franchises since that summer and what was done with the assets that the Lakers could have secured. Any mix of Nash, Jamison, and Walker combined with the young guys....

Steve Nash (do I need to explain)
Antawn Jamison (just as good as Odom)
Devin Harris (you dont think Bryant would like a solid young PG?)
Antoine Walker (15 million of immediate cap releif would have been nice)
Josh Howard (perfect utility player...I'd take him over Odom every time)
Marquis Daniels (has had flashes of brilliance when he's not hurt)

...all for Shaq. Tisk tisk. Kupcheck couldnt send Shaq to Dallas because he was afraid of being the inferior team. Well, he's now become the inferior club without the wealth of assets that now has the Mavs sitting pretty atop the West for the next 5-10 years. I wonder how it feels to have Mark Cuban's personnel decisions overshadowing your own?
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Call Kobe what you will (and I'm nowhere near a fan of his myself), but he doesn't inject any illegal substances into his body to help him score 81.

He's selfish and arrogant to the Nth degree, but he's not a cheater. That puts him at least a rung or two lower on the a-hole ladder with me.

To say he's not a cheater is presumptive. The last two times they have played Dallas, I have seen Bryant intentionally elbow Nowitzki in the face. Josh Howard got him back in the second game by literally clotheslining him on his way to the rim. The following game, Bryant actually got caught doing that same thing to Mike Miller and got suspended.

Bryant is a scumbag, and anyone who can rationalize rooting for that guy is operating on some ethical level that people should find reprehensible.
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To say he's not a cheater is presumptive. The last two times they have played Dallas, I have seen Bryant intentionally elbow Nowitzki in the face. Josh Howard got him back in the second game by literally clotheslining him on his way to the rim. The following game, Bryant actually got caught doing that same thing to Mike Miller and got suspended.
That's not cheating, that's just playing dirty. Bruce Bowen is just as bad, if not worse, as are several other NBA players.

I'd consider Manu Ginobli and his endless flopping to be more of a "cheater" then Kobe.
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i loved the knicks of old with charles oakley, john starks etc. when they made you pay for driving to the basket.

isnt flip saunders a lock for coach of the year with the season the pistons are having and talk of them winning 70?
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How on earth anyone can suggest another player over Kobe for MVP is total insanity. The white-coated gentlemen may be paying you a visit.
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Llama, you are seriously the biggest homer I have ever met.

Wow.
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Llama, you are seriously the biggest homer I have ever met.

Wow.
Its almost endearing.
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You want expert analysis? Do you crave proper recognition? Well, you might find yourself on the right thread. I have come to save the day with midseason awards that are right on the money! Angryllama will not be held responsible for any poor takes, homeristic picks, irrational thoughts, etc. Read at your own risk.

Well...here we go. Lets start with the big one:

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Dirk Nowitzki

Well, that didn't take too long to toss all credibility out the window.
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Well, that didn't take too long to toss all credibility out the window.
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Its almost endearing.
Almost.

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Well, that didn't take too long to toss all credibility out the window.
I've been hit or miss on Cavs games lately, but it's nice to see Bron passing the ball more again. I was getting worried that he was going to get so frustrated he would pull a Kobe. He's better than that. One day we'll see him average a triple double.
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