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NBA Daily Awards

The Jerry West Award — David West  —  21 pts, 14 rebs, 7 asst, 3 FTM, 0 stl, 1 blk, 0 treys, and 9-14 shooting…West is a true pro and the NBA needs more characters like him. He worked his tail off in rehab to get ready for the season (torn ACL late last year), hasn’t missed a game this year, and has accepted his reduced role very smoothly, averaging 12.3, 6.5 rebs, 2.2 asst, and shooting 48.3% while playing just 29.2 min/night – in the prior 6 seasons, he’d never averaged less than 34.1. Indy is locked into the #3 seed, well behind Chi/Mia but far in front of #4 Boston. LeBron (27, 11, 6 asst, 10 FTM, but 8-18 shooting), Gordon Dragic (stellar in Houston replacing Lowry this yr – 23, 5, 8 asst, 3 treys) and Eric Gordon (finally playing again – 27, 5 asst, 8 FTM, 3 stl) were also big last night.
 
The Trajan Langdon Award —  Mike Miller  —  3 pts, 0 rebs, 0 asst, 0 FTM, 0 stl, 0 blk, 1 trey, and 1-6 shooting in 15 lame minutes. There is nothing about Miller or his game that I’ve ever liked, so it brings joy to my heart to award him the Langdon today. He was the 5th overall pick out of Florida in 2000 (one of the worst drafts of the last 20 years) as a sophomore, having led the Gators to the NCAA title game against Michigan St. (Mich St. romped 89-76 behind Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson, and freshman Jason Richardson). That draft was so bad that Miller was named Rookie of the Year despite posting some extremely pedestrian numbers: 11.9 pts, 4.0 rebs, 1.7 asst, and well under 1 steal (.6) and 1 block (.2) while shooting just 43.6%. The numbers 2 (Stromile Swift), 3 (Darius Miles), 4 (Marcus Fizer), 6 (DerMarr Johnson) and 7 picks (Chris Mihm) were awful or complete busts, while the #1 pick, Kenyon Martin, has had a nice career but not a #1 overall career (best year: 2003-04 with 16.7, 9.4 rebs, 1.3 blk, 48.8%). Back to Miller, he evolved into a 3 pt specialist who could pass ok (3.0 asst/gm career), but who consistently had some of the worst hairstyles and lamest tatoos in the league. That Heat/Bulls game I was glancing at last Thurs over sushi? I saw one play where LeBron made a great pass to Miller right under the basket, only to have Mike blow the layup. In two seasons with the Heat, while being paid $5m/yr, Miller has produced about 5.5 pts, 3.8 rebs, and 42% shooting in 19 minutes a night…and likely many more lowlights like that blown layup. He’s gross.
Top Performances of 2011-12 – Top 50 breakdown
I went thru the list last night and took notes on the guys with Top 50 games…results below.

PTS + REB + 1.4*AST + STL + 1.4*BLK -.7*TO + FGM + .5*FGM -.8*(FGA-FGM) + .25*FTM – .8*(FTA-FTM)
Most Games            
               
1) LeBron –  9            
2) Love –  5            
3) Durant –  4            
4) Kobe –  3            
4) CP 3 –  3            
6) J Smith –  2            
6) Al-Jeff –  2            
6) Melo –  2            
6) Howard –  2            
6) D-Will –  2 Had the #1 gm – 57, 6r, 7a, 21-21 FT, 16-29 FG, 1 stl, 1 blk, 5 T/O
6) Westy –  2            
6) Monta –  2            
12 guys with 1              
Cousins              
Wall              
Pierce              
Kris H              
G Monroe              
Rondo —- -Only 1?? He’s had multiple absurd tri-doubles…strange.  
Bynum —- -Thought he might have a couple…      
T Parker              
D Rose              
P George              
Dirk              
Ben G —- -That ‘outta left field’ gm, 9-9 on 3’s 40+ pts.    
 
Quick Notes.
             
— 24 guys split up the Top 50 gms.
— No Wade…he’s 30 now…kinda sad…will always remain an all-time favorite.
— 4 PGs out of the 12 guys w/ multiple  Top 50 games – including Monta…4 more PGs had one Top 50 gm. 
— LeBron is truly dominant until the spotlight gets real bright…can he handle it this yr?
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