The Real End of Season Awards
Written by Robert Eckstut   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 23:08

Hey all. Been a long time since I've written an article. I wanted to write about a lot of topics, but my weekly podcast with Seth Partnow (from http://www.whereoffensehappens.com/) pretty much allowed me to exercise my creative demons without actually putting print on paper. Or, well, ink on digital screens. I'm very excited for the NBA playoffs - they're a week away! - but the 7th/8th/9th in the West is very much up for grabs. And interesting. For all other teams, really, this week is just not that important. But what is important is that people with actual votes for various end of season honors cast their ballots, and sometimes publish them. For example: Rick Bonnell, from the Charlotte newspaper, produced his here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/12/4836964/my-annual-nba-awards-ballot.html#.U0m4EfldW4k

Some of his ballot was fine. I think his MVP vote, coach of the year, and so on were perfectly reasonable. Other votes were downright preposterous - Anthony Davis being 3rd in DPOY while leading his 27th ranked defensive team in minutes for example, is quite the challenge, or Luis Scola a darkhorse candidate for 6th man of the year - so I wanted to make my own. Keep in mind I don't have a vote. But here's the thing: My ballot is going to be much better than theirs. With that in mind, some of these awards are sensitive to subjectivity as far as playing personal favorites but also defining what it is the award is trying to measure. So what I want to do is break down each award, what it means to me, and who, in turn, deserves the recognition on the basis of said process. More after the break!

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 02:13
 
3 Week Western View
Written by Robert Eckstut   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 17:19

Nearly a week has passed since the Eastern Fortnight edition, so it is time to focus on the West. Two notes, before we dive in to a team-by-team breakdown: 1, The West dominates the East. After last night's slate of games, the West is 34-17 vs the East. This is monumental; historically there has never been such a large gap. Over the past decade, the West/East rift accounted for fewer than 2 wins/season (as far as unbalanced strength of schedule), but if this record continues, it could be as high as 4 wins. That's crazy and something to be aware of. 2, And this lumps with the first point, which is there are a lot of qualified playoff  teams but as always only 8 spots. We know Sacramento and Utah are really bad; the Lakers, Suns, Pelicans, and Nuggets aren't that good. But the latter 4 would all be playoff teams in the East, and that *still* leaves 9 very good teams and just 8 spots. So, once again, there is going to be at least one very unhappy team that in most years would be a solid playoff squad.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:53
 
Fortnight Eastern Update
Written by Robert Eckstut   
Friday, 15 November 2013 16:47

It's the point in the season where a few trends have emerged, and the natural question becomes: "Is this a sign of things to come, or simply a small sample sized fluke?" Teams have played anywhere from 6 games (Chicago) to 10 (Houston, LA Lakers), and although there is still a lot of season left to be played, let's check in on the state every team. I have watched at least 1 full game of every team.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 16:54
 


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