Almost everyone gets to see the crazy step-back three-pointers and wild flip-ins that make
Considerably fewer have been privy to the madness that is
A "highlight" video on YouTube that shows the
In the interest of fairness, we consider it our duty to bring you the worst of the
Mullens qualifies as the pits this season, his averages of 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per game not doing his dreadfulness justice. There's a reason he has also averaged only 9.0 minutes and was traded by the Clippers in February to the one NBA team openly trying to lose games.
Durant is a keeper for the
There was also that insane streak of 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points, showing Durant has also become the game's most consistent player in addition to its most spindly wonder.
Here, for your consideration, are our other award winners (along with their alter egos):
Coach of the year: Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix.
Phoenix could be a couple of victories away from making the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference, largely because of a rookie coach who looks as youthful as some of his players.
The Suns have the league's biggest jump in winning percentage (.290) from last season and might have secured homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs if
Coach of the jeer:
It all seemed so promising, Brown returning to the franchise he guided to the 2010 Finals with a rejuvenated
Now only one question remains: Who was the biggest bust? Bynum's knees and his attitude gave out, Bennett played like an undrafted rookie and Clark faded into obscurity. Brown only exacerbated matters with epic practice sessions and an overbearing presence that could drive away dynamic point guard
Rookie of the year:
It was a two-man race between Carter-Williams and Orlando's
Carter-Williams gets the nod despite experiencing a downturn in the second half of the season because he did more on a worse team, blossoming into one of the league's most well-rounded young players.
Worst newcomer of the year:
Bennett was more widely panned because he was the top pick, but Porter, drafted only two spots later, had a worse season after missing three months with a hip injury. His averages of 2.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.3 assists should make the
Sixth man of the year:
Crawford brought more than instant offense. The crossover specialist tallied more rebounds and assists than he did in his first season as a Clipper while playing starter's minutes.
He also was huge in helping the Clippers stay afloat during
Thirteenth man of the year:
None of that mattered to Lakers Coach
Kaman has averages of 19.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per 36 minutes, nearly identical to those of starting center
Most improved player: Gerald Green, Phoenix.
Green averaged 16.0 points, doubling his average from his first six NBA seasons, while occasionally getting hotter than Scottsdale in July. He scored 30 or more points in 30 minutes or less four times, becoming the first player to do so since
He also became an elite shooter, his 3.2 three-pointers per 36 minutes tying
Most deteriorated player:
Considering a rising star as a rookie, Barnes has taken two steps backward after being replaced in the starting lineup by
Defensive player of the year:
Widely available advanced metrics make this selection a lot easier than in years past. Hibbert is holding opponents to 41.6% shooting and 4.1 shots made at the rim, both figures better than those of contenders
Defenseless player of the year: Gasol.
No advanced metrics needed. Have you seen a Lakers game?