Got my ballots for the postseason awards today. I got four of the six, plus All-NBA ballott.
Let’s start with what I did not get and who I would’ve picked (easy to say off top since I don’t have a vote). I did not get the Rookie of the Year ballot. That race has been narrowed down to just a few candidates. If I had a vote, my top choice would have been …
Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings. Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans and the Warriors’ Stephen Curry have great numbers, and have been the frontrunners for most of the season. But stats are much easier to compile on losing teams. Jennings has quarterbacked the Milwaukee Bucks into the postseason. The Bucks are one of the hottest teams in the league at the most critical time of the regular season. They have blended in John Salmons unbelievably well. As the point guard, the floor general, Jennings gets major credit for that. Every play, every mistake, every decision he has made on the court for the last two months has mattered much more than it has for Evans and Curry.
The other ballot I did not get was defensive player of the year. I would’ve taken Orlando’s Dwight Howard. He leads the league in defensive rebounds and blocks. Also, his team is best in the league in FG% defense, No. 6 in points allowed, No. 3 in rebound differential, No. 6 in blocks mostly because of him.
But again, those are categories I don’t have, so I won’t be studying the data and reading about the candidates and listening to arguments.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions on how this works. Here’s a breakdown:
* Traveling media (print/radio/tv) get to vote
* Each of the six categories is voted on 122 times
* 32 votes come from the national writers (i.e., Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears, ESPN’s Marc Stein, etc)
* 90 of the votes come from the media for each team. There are 30 teams, so each category can be voted on a max of 3 times by each team’s media
* How the ballots are divided depend on the number of traveling media members. If a team has 3, then each would get all six ballots
* The Warriors have five traveling media members (the two beat writers, myself and Rusty Simmons, radio legend Tim Roye, and TV broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett). Since each category can only get three votes, not all of us can vote on the same category.
Hope I made that clear enough. Now, on to the next one. The ballots I do have:
Coach of the Year
Most Improved Player
Sixth Man of the Year
The only one that I think is pretty unanimous is Sixth Man. Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford has that locked up. We had a long debate on Twitter (twitter.com/gswscribe) about MVP. Many seem to think LeBron is the unanimous choice. I think it’s going to take some serious judgment because Kobe, Durant and Wade are in the conversation.
With that said, I’m all ears.