Monday, April 11, 2005

NBA fans rejoice. Debate is in the air. 

More and more I am finding that Bill Simmons might be my favorite read in all of the interweb. His latest column on this season's MVP race is both accurate and hilarious. Also, who knew Jalen Rose was so damn funny?

Within the article, Simmons makes reference of Phoenix Suns 12th man, Paul Shirley. His blog was mentioned to me by Brent just days earlier. It's like this, ya see, Shirley's blog is awesome -- candid and funny. Definitely worth a read.

As for the MVP race, I'm inclined, at this point, to agree with Simmons' assessment that it has to go to Shaq even though I've thought it to be Steve Nash for much of the season. Ah hell with it. With just a couple games to go, here are my NBA awards for the '04-'05 season (ruined, in part, by the season-long debacle that is the Lakers).

MVP: Shaquille O'Neal
Runner-up: Steve Nash
Rookie of the Year: Ben Gordon
Most Improved Player: Bobby Simmons
6th Man of the Year: Vladamir Radmanovic

All NBA 1st Team (even I'm shocked that Duncan and Garnett aren't here, but the two guys replacing them at forward are just more deserving):
C - Shaquille O'Neal
F - Dirk Nowitzki
F - Amare Stoudemire
G - Steve Nash
G - LeBron James

2nd team:
C - Ben Wallace
F - Tim Duncan
F - Shawn Marion
G - Dwyane Wade
G - Allen Iverson

3rd team:
C - Zydrunas Ilgauskas
F - Kevin Garnett
F/G - Manu Ginobili
G - Gilbert Arenas
G - Ray Allen

All Rookie Team
C - Emeka Okafor
F - Dwight Howard
F - Luol Deng
G - Ben Gordon
G/F - Andre Iguodala


Forgot to list my coach of the year, which I have to give to Nate McMillan of Seattle. The Sonics were a sure fire pick at the beginning of the season to be one of the worst -- if not the worst -- in the Western Conference. McMillan does more with less and gets the nod over Phoenix's Mark D'Antoni.

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