Recapping The NBA Season: What We Have Learned After 2009-2010
Usually at this time of year the biggest debate NBA related, other than the argument concerning who will be holding the O'Brien trophy come years end, is on who will be MVP.
This year? It's too easy. It shouldn't even be a debate. When you're the best player on the best team, with the best stats and you give a 100% every damn game, you've basically summed up what being an MVP is all about.
Lebron made every game he played exciting, turning into a phenom of that kind that the league hasn't had since Jordan or Johnson.
In fact, when the voters on the MVP reunite this summer to cast their votes, it shouldn't be anything less than unanimous. Lebron has dominated this season. Though his stats haven't differed much from the past two, three seasons, and if he does well in the playoffs, this season should be remembered as the season Lebron took over the NBA.
What else do we know now that the season is over?
I know Curry should be the NBA's rookie of the year:
Honestly, once again, it shouldn't be close. There were three legitimate candidates this year: Jennings, Curry, Evans. One of whom made the playoffs.
Not the best class ever. Yet, these three who stood out, all have good chances of making a name for themselves in years to come.
First off, it should make the most sense to pick Brandon Jennings. The other two had somewhat the same stats, and their teams were two of the worst in the league. But Jennings constantly won my ball hog of the month award (somehow stealing it from Carmelo and Monta Ellis) and he did it without being good enough to get away with it.
His stats dropped every month, and his FG% took a huge hit. Honestly, the only thing that put him on peoples radar were the 55 points. He's been pretty overblown skill wise ever since.
Evans had a great season, and I'm not trying to take anything away from it. He joined the rookie 20-5-5 club (only MJ, Oscar Robertson, and Johnson have ever done it), and his shooting percentage was steadily decent. But, compared to Curry, he had much better teammates, actually a much better situation in whole, and his team still sucked as bad.
Curry, on the other hand, had one of the worst run teams in recent memory, was on a team of a bunch of shooters, a couple complete ball hogs, no true rebounders, and a coach who refused to start him early on; yet, as good stats.
Also, watching him made me think more of a future star than watching Jennings or Evans did.
I know Washington is the worst managed team, by far, in the NBA.
Well, for Washington we are anyways. For other teams, I think Enrie Grunfeld and the rest of the Wizards management have been wonderful. They have all but handed the O'Brien trophy to the Cavs, giving them all star caliber Jamison for nothing in return except for cash considerations and a second round pick.
For Antawn Jamison.
But helping one rival in the east wasn't enough. Grunfeld had to outdo himself for the Mavericks as well. Honestly, Grunfeld probably gave them the missing pieces that they needed to be in contention of the West. Caron Butler gave Dirk a much needed healthy wing man, and Haywood has been doing wonderfully on the boards and blocks for Dallas.
I know Scott Skiles is coach of the year...
Sure, the Thunders Scott Brooks presents a legit debate, as does McMillin, who carried a team with more injured players than active, but when it's all said and done, it's Skiles who deserves coach of the year.
The Thunder had a magnificent run, it's true, but people forget Durant has finally hit maturity, as have Westbrook, Green, and a couple other key players. This was their year. They have a great roster, and they just somewhat over achieved.
McMillan has done an amazing job, but you don't just hand out COY awards because a coach has helped a tremendously talented team when they're deflated. (Honestly, I have no idea how the whole Blazer training staff hasn't been fired yet.)
Scott Skiles has done an amazing job with his roster at hand, which actually greatly improved because of good management decisions by John Hammond. He has made Jennings into a good point guard, has finally achieved to be the coach to hit John Salmon's good spot, and has transformed Bogut into one of the best Centers in the league.
With Bogut still there, Bucks win round one.
But, while I'm at it...
George Karl matters the most to the Nuggets than any other coach in the league does to their team.
No, that does not mean he deserves COY. He has a fantastic bunch of players in front of him, and Denver is right where they should be. But Karl is the perfect coach to lead them to this place, and him sick has certainly paid dividends.
I know the Celtics are over---and that they will not advance this year in the playoffs.
Boston just finished almost half the season with a .500 record. That should never, ever, happen with a team that holds three Hall of Fame players, maybe four, and who won fifty games this season.
They claimed that the big three were still the BIG three and could lead them far into the playoffs.
How could Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge say that with a straight face after embarrassing Ray Allen this year, going into extreme lengths trying to trade him.
The first of the once very good teams to go away. Right behind are the Mavericks and the Spurs...
Speaking of the Spurs...
The Spurs officially have no more gas in the tank.
Obviously, Ginobli's recent performances have given all Spurs fans reason to believe. But age will eventually be the demise of the team this play off. And I wouldn't be too far off saying that I think this will be the last time (save they get an amazing trade or very good rookie) that the Duncan Era Spurs will make the playoffs.
Stick a fork in them; they're done.
Finally, I know the Cleveland Cavaliers will win this years NBA championship.
Wow, I have a bad taste in my mouth just writing that. I hate the Cavs. As do many of you, probably. But this is the year. I feel it. You feel it. Lebron feels it. God damn it, Kobe probably even feels it.
They have the best player, on the most stacked team, with the best record. Last years Cavs were good; really good: but adding Shaq and Jamison, while keeping virtually everyone from last year, makes the Cavs the safest bet in the NBA finals.
The only possibly, one in a hundred chance that they lose: too much talent.
Obviously not a bad flaw to have, but will certainly confuse Mike Brown into how he should organize his line up.
Until Prt. 2 (maybe), enjoy the read, though a bit long, and please comment with disagreements or agreements.
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