NBA Awards: Handing out the 2013 Unconventional NBA Preseason Awards
It seems as though basketball literally never stops. Even the offseason is just as exciting as the playoffs. With trades, signs and everything in between, the headlines keep coming in.
As the 2012-2013 season is getting near, it's time to hand out some awards. I'm not talking about the typical awards like MVP, Sixth Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, etc. I'm talking about the unconventional awards, the ones that you can't actually get a trophy for.
Since it is only the preseason, this edition of the Unconventional NBA Awards are given in the forms of superlatives (i.e. Most Likely to ____). As the season begins, the awards will be a little more concrete. But for now, I present the Unconventional NBA Awards: Preseason Edition
Most Likely to Lose to a College Team: Charlotte Bobcats
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You know you have a bad team when you're leading scorer is Gerald Henderson.
The Bobcats did not please anybody last year as they posted the worst winning percentage in NBA history. On a positive note, things can't get much worse in Charlotte.
The 'Cats picked up Michael Kidd-Gilchirst in the NBA draft, but they lost their most talented player in DJ Augustine. With a projected starting lineup of Ramon Sessions, Ben Gordon, Bismack Biyombo, MKG and Brendan Haywood, it is clear that they will remain at the bottom of the league.
In a matchup against a college team, barring some sort of miracle, the Bobcats would come away with a victory; however, out of any other NBA team, they would definitely cause for the most panic.
Best Dressed: Russell Westbrook
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Russell Westbrook is quickly becoming the Craig Sager of NBA players. This past year, he has dressed in various outfits that have turned many heads. A fan of the "hipster" look, Westbrook doesn't care what people think.
Him and teammate Kevin Durant constantly come out in hilarious outfits that attract the media. They still manage to be professional and talk about the games with serious intentions; however, their fashion is just laughable.
Most Likely to Punch Someone in the Face: Metta World Peace
Ron Artest tried to create a new image for himself by changing his name to Metta World Peace. However, Metta didn't turn out so peaceful after all when he elbowed James Harden in the neck right before the 2012 playoffs, resulting in a seven-game suspension.
With the additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, it is not a debate that World Peace is by far the least talented player in the Lakers' starting lineup. With a history of anger problems, World Peace will undergo a lot of criticism this year—an unhealthy combination. Someone might get a little to far up in his face, and boom. Do I hear eight games?
Most Likely to Get Punched in the Face: Rajon Rondo
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The one glaring flaw of Rajon Rondo is his immaturity. In the first round of the playoffs, he got up in the face of a ref and "shoved" him, which resulted in a one-game suspension. Luckily, the C's prevailed without him, but that suspension had the potential to derail Boston for good in the playoffs.
Many people also believe that Rondo is the reason for Ray Allen's departure. His stubbornness is a glaring flaw that may result in a nice pop to the face.
Most Likely to Succeed: LeBron James
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LeBron recently became the second person to win MVP, The Finals, Finals MVP and an Olympic Gold Medal all in the same year. The first? Michael Jordan.
Most Likely to Be Forgotten: Jeremy Lin
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Having the best athletic week of you're life in the biggest city in the country is a good way to get famous.
Hitting a skid when the star player returns, getting injured for the remainder of the season and heading to Houston is a good way to be forgotten. Unless Jeremy Lin is able to put up the same type of numbers he did at the height of Linsanity, he is just going to be an average NBA point guard playing for a lottery team.
Coach Most Likely to Get Fired: Mike Brown
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With the Lakers being the new "superteam," expectations are higher than ever in Los Angeles.
What does this mean for Mike Brown? Win or go home.
After struggling to fend off the Denver Nuggets and losing in six to the Oklahoma City Thunder, fans weren't extremely pleased with the way Brown ran the show. But hey, replacing Phil Jackson is no easy task whatsoever.
But now, there are no excuses for Brown. The Lakers are loaded and have all the pieces to win a title. If Brown can't win the title with Kobe's playing days winding down, expect the panic meter to go off the charts in LA.
Best Under-the-Radar Team: Denver Nuggets
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The Nuggets shocked everyone by not only making the playoffs, but taking the Lakers to seven hard fought games.
Ty Lawson was more than exceptional last year as he was Denver's leading scorer. His blazing speed and ability to get to the basket is something that should not be taken for granted.
With a starting lineup of Lawson, Iguodala, Faried, Galinari and McGee, the Nuggets are very dangerous. The Nuggets prospered well from the Dwight deal, as they landed Team USA member, Andre Iguodala.
Best Photographer: Kevin Love
Throughout their Olympic Journey in Barcelona, Kevin Love and Deron Williams were constantly "Tweeting" and "Instagraming" hilarious snapshots of the team.
Love, who constantly referred to himself as the "team photographer" via twitter, comes away with the award thanks to this picture of Carmelo Anthony sleeping on the plane.