Posted by: Nate | May 9, 2008

2008 NBA Awards Recap

2008 NBA Awards:

NBA MVP: Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers
This wasn’t a close race in the voting, as Bryant ran away with the 2008 NBA MVP award. Kobe is an excellent player, had a phenomenal season and I certainly don’t think he is un-deserving of accolades. That being said, I still stand by my previous vote that Chris Paul should have won the award. He is playing the point guard position at an unbelievably high level, has taken his team of nobodies to a second place seed in the West and a 2-1 series lead over the defending champion Spurs and looks unstoppable.

I will certainly concede that there was some homer-ism in my slotting of Garnett second and I was emphasizing his “intangible” effect on the Celtics and Boston fans over his strong, but not overwhelming stats. I am willing to cede that Bryant, who is playing at a similarly incredible pace to Paul in the playoffs thus far, probably should have been second on that list. I still maintain that Paul had the better year and was more valuable to his team than Bryant was to the Lakers. Regardless, congratulations are in order to Kobe on his first MVP win.

NBA 6th Man Award: Manu Ginobili – San Antonio Spurs
This award was a massive no-brainer as Ginobili is one of the best players in the NBA and would start for any team in the NBA. His per 40 minute averages are unreal and he even did get a start in last night’s pivotal game 3 match up against the Hornets, where he lit them up for 31 points. Congrats, Manu, and happy flopping.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Garnett – Boston Celtics
While he didn’t win the MVP, it was clear that the presence of Garnett transformed the Celtics this season. They won 42 more games than a season ago, their defense has been stifling (just ask LeBron James) and he is the main reason why. Clearly, this was an obvious and excellent choice by the sportswriters and well-deserved. Congrats, KG and remember it’s ok to take over in crunch time and go to the basket.

NBA Most Improved Player: Hedo Turkoglu – Orlando Magic
Now I had a bit of the inside track on this one, as I had Turkoglu on my fantasy team this winter and watched him continually light it up day in and day out, so I saw this coming. He won by more than 200 points over second place finisher Rudy Gay, who had an excellent season in his second year in the NBA for the lowly Grizzlies. Hedo’s stats, just for reference in 2006-2007 were: 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.2apg with a FG% of .419, FT% of .781 and 3PT% of .388. This season his numbers spiked to 19.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.0apg with percentages of .456, .829 and .400, respectively. Quite an improvement so congrats to you as well, Hedo.

2008 All-NBA First Team:
(first place votes in parenthesis, followed by total points)

F — Kevin Garnett, Boston (118), 612

F — LeBron James, Cleveland (117), 610

C — Dwight Howard, Orlando (86), 546

G — Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (127), 635

G — Chris Paul, New Orleans (124), 629

The results here, not terribly shocking as you have your 1-2 MVP candidates, Defensive player of the year, the league’s best center and slam dunk champion and the man-child that is LeBron James. Kobe was the only unanimous selection to the first team this season, but all 5 members were considerably ahead in the voting from those making the second team. For the the members of the second and third teams, you’ll find those here on ESPN.

Trivia Answer: None. Ted Williams’ highest hit total for a season was 194 hits in 1949.

New Question: Who are the only two American League Players to get three hits in the same inning?

Answer at the end of the next post. Submit your guesses in the comments section.

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