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April 22, 2012

My NBA awards ballot

My awards ballot for the 2011-12 NBA season:

 Most Improved: 1. Greg Monroe, 2. Ty Lawson. 3, Jeff Teague.

 Sixth Man: 1. Lou Williams, 2. Zach Randolph, 3. Andre Miller

 Rookie of the Year: 1. Kyrie Irving, 2, Ricky Rubio, 3. Kemba Walker

 Coach of the Year: 1. Tom Thibodeau, 2. Frank Vogel, 3. Gregg Popovich

 Defensive Player of the year: 1. Serge Ibaka, 2. Dwight Howard, 3. Andre Iguodala

 MVP: 1. Kevin Durant, 2. LeBron James, 3. Tony Parker, 4. Kobe Bryant, 5. Chris Paul

All-NBA: (must be two guards, two forwards and a center)

 (first team): Bryant, Parker, James, Durant, Kevin Love. (second team): Paul, Rajon Rondo, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Howard. (third team): Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrew Bynum.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 22, 2012 at 01:21 PM | Permalink


Ur retarded James harden is clearly the 6th man of the year and you don't even have him in ur top 3

Posted by: Mike | Apr 22, 2012 1:30:46 PM

There's also the matter of Kevin Love not really being a center, Ty Lawson's per-minute numbers being almost IDENTICAL to last year, and Kemba Walker not being in the top TEN among rookies, much less top three.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 22, 2012 2:14:22 PM

Durant has had a fine season, but it's pure foolishness to say anyone other than LBJ is the MVP. I suppose some people will pick Durant simply to be contrarian, or because they don't like LeBron. That doesn't make it any less foolish.

Posted by: brock landers | Apr 22, 2012 2:31:10 PM

You guys are just haters. Plain and simple. Let the expert make the picks. That's why he's the expert and you are the couchers. Sit down.

Posted by: Todd Tutie | Apr 22, 2012 3:30:26 PM

Jeff Van Gundy just said "If you're not voting for Hardin as sixth man, who are you voting for?" I thought about this article and how Hardin wasn't even in the top three. I guess you know more about the NBA that van gundy. Don't get you're feelings hurt. :(

Posted by: ballin' | Apr 22, 2012 3:59:57 PM

Who ever wrote and edited this article is an absolute idiot 100%.

First off, Zach Randolph. He is NOT a true 6th man. Does an MCL tear ring a bell? He actually started in his 3rd game back from knee surgery for 3 consecutive games, and he also was in the starting 5 for the 2nd half a couple games ago. LET ALONE RANDOLPH HAS ONLY PLAYED IN HALF OF THE SEASON! WOW! WHAT STUPIDITY!

James Harden=6th Man of year

Secondly you are way off on your ROY.
1)Kyrie Irving
2)Klay Thompson (Baffled that you didn't even mention Thompson...take a look at his stats before writing this nonsense of an article. Also he is averaging 18.3 PPG)
3)Isaiah Thomas/Rubio
4)Kawhi Leonard/Brandon Knight
5)Marshon Brooks

(Kemba Walker is more in the category of players like Norris Cole & Derrick Williams, sorry but Kemba is not even close to #3, He is more like #7 or #8 out of the top 10. Kemba is better than Cole, I can definitely say that!)

To me this article is somewhat biased to the West Coast. Look at all the players listed at the beginning of the article, they are ALL East Coast players.

Hello how about Scott Brooks too, Head Coach of OKC!! Doing another superb job over there!

Only things I agree w/ in this article is the Most Improved Player, and the ALL-NBA Team.

Worst article about NBA's season awards I've ever seen.

Posted by: A.J. | Apr 22, 2012 4:44:12 PM

Thanks, Rick. You've just proved what many of have suspected for a long time: You are better fit to write for the National Enquirer because you obviously have elected not to watch basketball the way an NBA beat writer should.

Posted by: Downtown Sports | Apr 22, 2012 11:15:30 PM

Whoever wrote this needs to be fired for even making opinions. EVERY award has been wrong. Lebron James is by far the MVP no questions asked. He had Zach Randolph 2nd as the 6th man, and he has missed 80% of the season. That award is def going to James Harden. And coach of the year is Greg Pop by a landslide. Please get your credentials right before posting the worst article I have seen on Charlotte.com

Posted by: Sam | Apr 23, 2012 4:37:25 AM

Paul Silas should get votes for coach of the year for lending his incredible reputation to be tarnished by the front office of the Charlotte Bobcats. Anyone who has followed Silas since the 70s knows he is one of the most competitive guys in NBA history, a class act and someone who deserves much better than to coach Development League players in the NBA. Paul,thanks for your patience. You are better than this and we know it.

Posted by: Zach in Memphis | Apr 23, 2012 7:53:59 AM

Seriously??? Did u watch the NBA this year Rick? Lebron put up better #'s and is twice the defender Durant is and Harden is tge unanimous 6th man hes dropped 40 twice...wake up! Carmelo plays well for 2 weeks and you have him 2nd team all NBA? Please tell me your joking...

Posted by: Your Mom | Apr 23, 2012 8:42:26 AM

If the Bobcats win one of these last 3 games, and thus avoid being the worst team of all time, Silas should be the unanimous coach of the year.

Posted by: J | Apr 23, 2012 9:22:35 AM

This was a rather.... interesting list.

And that's putting it mildly..

Posted by: Jason Warren | Apr 23, 2012 12:46:58 PM

Hate to be picky but i have to cosign harden for 6th man.

tyson chandler for defensive poy.

Irving is probably the roy but chandler parsons is a close 2nd. Leaving him off the ballot is nuts. He had a great year for anybody let alone a rookie 2nd round pick who won the starting job on a NOT horrible team.

Goran dragic on most improved.

Bynum over howard on 2nd/3rd team

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 23, 2012 1:35:17 PM

man when will charlotte get the hornets back
i mean seriously we have more than half the fans are with the hornets and a few number of those people are bobcats.

people obviously like the hornets more because even when New orleans are not playing i can still see fans wearing Charlotte Hornets items.

the team is separated into two teams how can
the seat be fulled if this is happening


Posted by: Vin | Apr 23, 2012 4:17:01 PM

6th Man of the Year
James Harden

Lebron James

Most Improved Player
Ty Lawson

All NBA 1st Team
Parker, Bryant, James, Durant, Dwight Howard.

All NBA 2nd Team
Paul, Rondo, Nowitzki, Love, Bynum.

Posted by: Crunk Juice | Apr 23, 2012 6:03:41 PM

Rondo should be 1st team over parker. Thats not even close either. Rondo is damn near in mvp discussions the way he played this year.

Howard doesnt deserve all nba anything.

I cant wait for the day biz can do what nene just did to him. I am confident it will happen, but I just cant wait. He better not be diop 5 years from now.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 23, 2012 7:56:29 PM

100% on the money about Rondo.

Posted by: Downtown Sports | Apr 24, 2012 4:40:31 AM

Can you do a worst list so we can win something this year....

Posted by: Chris | Apr 24, 2012 10:01:09 AM

I very seriously doubt Biyombo will ever have anything close to the kind of offensive repertoire that Nene has.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Apr 24, 2012 2:46:56 PM

I would too, but to see how far amare has come in 10 years.....and KG too.....anything is possible if you want it. And thats the one skill in biyombo besides shot blocking that nobody doubts: desire.

I think a lot of it is fear or lack of comfort. When he gets the ball at the elbow, he could put it on the floor once and dunk from there when guys lay off him. He just hasn't got the balls to do it with regularity yet. Guarantee you he masters that elbow jumper by next year though. I would live with him shooting that 5 times a game and hitting 2. That would be enough to open the lane for hendo and augustin and brown. He can make that shot now he just doesn't own it yet. He's not diop. More young shawn kemp before he mastered the fadeaway.

He'll be fine. Sure thompson and vesely might turn out to be studs but will anybody besides faried and parsons after him? and those 2 were diamonds in the rough. And biyombo's the youngest of the bunch too. Give him a few years, he's already top 10 in the league in blocks. He'll get there with the offense and rebounds and man defense.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 24, 2012 7:06:39 PM

I know its beating a dead horse at this point, but seriously Rick, James Harden is hands down the 6th man this year. To not even mention him is egregious and a disservice to you and your readers.

Posted by: Houston | Apr 24, 2012 11:02:01 PM

I'm not sure walker is in the top 5 or even top 10 rookie wise.

Absolutely no way he has had a better year than parsons, thomas, irving, faried, or shumpert. No way.

Then there are a ton of guys who I would say were better.....marshon brooks, tristain thompson, brandon knight, ricky rubio, klay thompson, kawai leonard, etc. Etc.

I really think thomas has had the best season but when it's between the 1st and last pick in the draft, they're going irving all day. What thomas has done as mr. Irrelevant is incredible. Unprecedented.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 25, 2012 3:18:16 PM

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