Sportsline's mid-season awards

Sportsline's mid-season awards

Postby JSM on Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:17 pm

I know I already posted Sports Illustrated's awards, but here are CBS Sportsline's...they are a little different

Sportsline: Most valuable player: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves. K.G. has incredibly enough gotten better. He's bigger, stronger and more versatile, with career-highs in points (24.5) and rebounds (13.9) and moving into the top 10 in blocks (2.26) while still averaging 5.1 assists. And, oh yeah, the Timberwolves are better than ever. Also under consideration are Tim Duncan (San Antonio) and Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana).

Least valuable player: Vin Baker, Boston Celtics. It's going to be tough to dislodge Baker considering he continues to get paid the maximum and was suspended for a second time by the Celtics for breaking his alcohol rehabilitation agreement. Besides, he isn't very productive when he does play. At least he's sincere when he shows no contrition.

Coach of the year: Rick Adelman, Sacramento Kings. Every year, they are blasted with injuries, and Adelman keeps these guys afloat. This time around, they haven't had Chris Webber and changed the roster even more. And they still have the best record in the West. Also making strong cases are Rick Carlisle (Indiana), Jerry Sloan (Utah) Flip Saunders (Minnesota) and Terry Porter (Milwaukee).

Worst coach of the year: Frank Johnson, Phoenix. Rarely has a coach lost the confidence of his team and management so quickly after such an encouraging conclusion the season before. It was almost hard to believe how much the Suns changed confidence-wise in six months.

Most improved player:
Zach Randolph, Portland Trail Blazers. Looking like a latter-day Willis Reed, Randolph has that big body, quick feet and great instincts for rebounding the ball. He has countless release points and deft left-handed touch around the basket and is one of four 20-10 players in the league. All that and he's just 22, in his third season. Also under consideration are Andrei Kirilenko (Utah), Erick Dampier (Golden State) and Carlos Boozer (Cleveland), and a late candidate could be Joe Johnson (Phoenix).

Fastest deteriorating player: Tom Gugliotta, Phoenix Suns. It's sad to see what's happened to Googs over the years because of injuries. An exceptional teammate to be around with versatile skills, his All-Star ability has evaporated from lost confidence and skill level.

Rookie of the year: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers. It's a tough call between James and Denver's Carmelo Anthony, particularly considering how well the Nuggets are playing. But James has matched, even exceeded, expectations without a lot of help. His size, strength and multitude of skills at the age of 19 have never been seen before. Anthony, too, is special, as have been Chris Bosh (Toronto) and Dwyane Wade (Miami). In a great rookie class, also keep an eye on Kirk Hinrich (Chicago), T.J. Ford (Milwaukee), Chris Kaman (Los Angeles Clippers) and Jarvis Hayes (Washington).

Rookie bust: Reece Gaines, Orlando. For a team that is going nowhere and has struggled to find a point guard, he's not even on the charts. People will wonder about Detroit's Darko Milicic, but he wasn't supposed to play this year with the Pistons anyway, so it sort of defies the term bust when he's only 18.

Best sixth man: Bobby Jackson, Sacramento Kings. He is a sixth starter if ever there was one. Jackson will play either guard spot, score, pass and, most important, play dogged defense. Also strong candidates are Al Harrington and Antawn Jamison (Dallas).

Worst starter: Jerome James, Seattle SuperSonics. He falls asleep during film sessions, can't stay on the floor because of foul trouble and complains about playing time. Other than that he's fine.

Defensive player of the year: Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons. You hate to vote for the same guy every year, but Big Ben is so dominant in the interior every year at maybe 6-feet-8 -- blocking shots, rebounding and challenging the best big men. He sets the tone for the Pistons. Also, Ron Artest (Indiana) Doug Christie (Sacramento), Theo Ratliff (Atlanta) and Andrei Kirilenko (Utah).

Worst defensive player: Marko Jaric, Los Angeles Clippers. He's the starting point guard and is improving at running the team, but he can't guard anybody, and that hurts them from the opening tipoff.

Executive of the year: Kevin McHale, Minnesota Timberwolves. McHale completely rebuilt the team around Garnett, with trades for Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell and Ervin Johnson. He signed Michael Olowokandi, Fred Hoiberg and Trenton Hassell, and they're winning big time. Also, Kiki Vandeweghe (Denver), Geoff Petrie (Sacramento) and Joe Dumars (Detroit).

Worst executive: John Gabriel, Orlando Magic. He committed $186 million to Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill, who had ankle surgery some 3½ years ago, and they've gotten virtually nothing out of Hill. Their drafts have been horrendous and choice of free agents nothing to speak of, as they have drifted to the bottom of the Atlantic Division.

Surprise team: Denver Nuggets. With the additions of Carmelo Anthony, Andre Miller, Earl Boykins and Voshon Lenard, the Nuggets have gone from the bottom of the Western Conference to the middle of the playoff hunt. The bigger question is, can they stay there?

Disappointing team: Chicago Bulls. The Bulls were a fashionable pick to make the playoffs in the East. Now they're so out of fashion, they're closing in on the worst record in the East.

All-NBA team

F: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
F: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
C: Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
G: Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
G: Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets

All-disappointing team

F: Drew Gooden, Orlando Magic
F: Devean George, Los Angeles Lakers
C: Eddy Curry, Chicago Bulls
G: Jason Terry, Atlanta Hawks
G: Kerry Kittles, New Jersey Nets
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