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NBA Awards 2014-15

Most Valuable Player Award:

 

James Harden: 27.6 ppg, 5.7 reb, and 6.9 apg

Steph Curry: 24.0 ppg, 7.7 ast, 2.0 stl, 48% FG, and 44% 3pt

Russell Westbrook: 28.0 ppg, 8.6 ast, 7.3 reb, and 2.1 stl

Ashimi: I’m not going to go as far as calling James Harden the new “King James,” however with the season he’s having this year I can’t argue with anyone who does. His ability to score this season surpassed every other MVP candidate, and his awareness on offense seems to be improving every year. James Harden has continued to improve his game and confidence every year, and this year Harden has proven to me that he is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

Hornback: I’m actually of the belief that we should have co-MVPs this year. Curry is THE reason the Warriors are where they are, and Harden has proven to everyone he can carry a team to an elite level. Also, both players have shown a knack to close out games.

Fort: I’m going against the grain here on my pick…Give me Russell Westbrook. He’s having to do everything himself without much help. Rebounding, scoring, facilitating, defending EVERYTHING. If he hadn’t have a missed the games that he did OKC would easily be the playoffs… Take Westbrook away from OKC and they wouldn’t be a 25 win team (including the injuries that is.) If not Westbrook for MVP, give me AD for the exact same reasons. San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

Carter: Stephen Curry is personally an easy choice for the NBA’s MVP. He’s scoring extremely efficiently and also has led his team to the best record in the extremely tough Western Conference. Curry may have the better surrounding cast, but that doesn’t take away from what he’s done.

Most Improved Player of the Year:

 

Jimmy Butler: 

2013-2014 Stats: 13.1 ppg, 4.9 reb, 2.6 ast, 1.9 stl, .5 blk, 39.7% FG, 28.3% 3pt, and 76.9% FT

2014-2015 Stats: 20.1 ppg, 5.8 reb, 3.3 ast, 1.8 stl, .5 blk, 46.2% FG, 36.6% 3pt, and 84.3% FT

Ashimi: Jimmy Butler has evolved from a player strictly known for his exceptional defense to a lockdown defender who is also an offensive threat. Now that he added offense to his game, he has become an elite player and an important part of the Chicago Bulls’ offense and defense. His stats show his improvement in just one short year and he still has room to improve.

Hornback: I’ve always been a fan of Jimmy Butler as a workhorse and a defensive player. Never did I expect him to come out being a focal point of Chicago’s offense like he became this year. He has shown some star (not superstar quite yet) potential this year.

Fort: I’m going against the grain here again by saying Hassan Whiteside. He was no where to be found last season & then all of a sudden he blew up. In 2011 he basically averaged 2pts 2reb & 1blk. This season he’s essentially averaging 12pts 10reb & 3blks while also recording triple-doubles and breaking Heat rebounding records. Huge jump from a player few knew about going into this season.Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

Carter: Butler has tremendously stepped up his game and has earned my vote. Now with a good offensive game paired with his great defense, Butler has emerged as a star. He deserves this award for helping shoulder the load following Derrick Rose’s injuries.

Sixth Man:

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Jamal Crawford: 16.2 ppg, 2.0 reb, and 2.5 ast

Isaiah Thomas: 16.5 ppg, 4.2 ast(entire season) 19.5 ppg, 5.4apg(time with the Celtics)

Lou Williams: 15.5 ppg, 1.8 reb, 2.0 ast

Ashimi: This category is tough, but I have to give it to Jamal Crawford because there have been many games this season in which his spark off the bench lead to a Clipper’s win.

Hornback: I said from the very beginning that Isaiah Thomas would win 6th man before the season started and I’m sticking to that. He should be a starter in my opinion, and is averaging numbers better than most starting point guards in the East. He’s even leading the Celtics to the playoffs.

Fort: Thomas is the obvious pick in my opinion. He’s leading Boston to the playoffs and doesn’t have the same caliber of talent around him like the other candidates. The game would be easier for him if he had just a tad bit more help.

Carter: Lou Williams has been helping Toronto in many ways especially in scoring once DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry went down. He’s been having a career year coming off the bench, and was essential to some team wins by cutting down on his turnovers.

Rookie of the Year:

 

Andrew Wiggins: 16.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, and 1.9 apg

Ashimi: Personally few rookies really stood out to me this year. Orlando’s Elfrid Peyton was one rookie that stood out, however Wiggins is statistically better.

Hornback: I want to go with Mirotic but because he has not done this all year, I’m going to have to go with Wiggins because all year long he’s been consistent. Sad year as we didn’t get to see the full potential of Jabari Parker or Julius Randle. With them, this race could’ve been much more competitive.

Fort: Wiggins…. But as a fan of the Lakers Jordan Clarkson isn’t too far behind. He’s kept the Lakers in most games (that he’s played in) and has been a better overall player than Wiggins & company…. Too bad we didn’t get a chance to see Randle, Embiid or Parker because they would’ve had cases as well. clarkson

Per 36 Minutes:

Wiggins – 16.8ppg  4.5reb 2.1ast 43.6 FG% 31.5 3pt%

Clarkson -17.1ppg 5.0ast 4.7reb 44.8 FG% 31.4 3pt%

Mirotic – 18.2ppg  8.8reb 2.1ast 40.7 FG% 31.7 3pt%

Payton – 10.7ppg  7.7reb 5.1ast 42.7 FG% 26.8 3pt%

Noel – 11.6ppg  2.0ast 9.5reb 2.1stl 2.2blk 46.2 FG%

Carter: Minnesota has had a bright spot this season in Andrew Wiggins. He’s averaged the most points and has had the most 30+ point games out of all rookies. An easy choice for Rookie of the Year, although Mirotic has had a great second half of the season.

Defensive Player of the Year:

 

Anthony Davis: 24.3 ppg, 2.9 blk, 10.2 reb and 1.5 stl

Ashimi: This was another tough category. One player that stood out to me on defense, besides Davis, this season is Joakim Noah. He has been a defensive anchor for the Bulls this season, however Davis has been the best individual defensive player this season. He is literally 7 steals away from recording 100 steals and 100 blocks this year.

Hornback: Defensive player of the year was hard for me. If I considered the latter half of the year I’d more than likely take Rudy Gobert but over the course of the year I’ll take Anthony Davis. Always been a defensive force getting in passing lanes and sending shots to the cheap seats. 

Fort: Anthony Davis. He’s a monster in every aspect of the game. He dominates the game offensively and still has enough energy to be impactful on the opposite end. That hard to find in bigs today.

Carter: Anthony Davis should have been an easy choice. Although he’s been dominant on both sides of the ball, his defense makes the biggest impact in games. He’s such a presence in the paint that teams actively avoid him.

All NBA First Team:

Ashimi:

  1. Russell Westbrook
  2. James Harden
  3. LeBron James
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Pau Gasol

Hornback:

  1. Steph Curry
  2. James Harden
  3. LeBron James
  4. Anthony Davis

5. Demarcus Cousins

Fort:

  1. Russell Westbrook
  2. Steph Curry
  3. James Harden
  4. LeBron James
  5. Anthony Davis

Carter:

  1. Stephen Curry
  2. Russell Westbrook
  3. James Harden
  4. LeBron James
  5. Anthony Davis

 

All NBA Second Team:

Ashimi:

  1. Stephen Curry
  2. Damian Lillard
  3. Kevin Durant
  4. LaMarcus Aldridge
  5. Demarcus Cousins

Hornback:

  1. Russell Westbrook
  2. John Wall
  3. Lamarcus Aldridge
  4. Pau Gasol
  5. Marc Gasol

Fort:

  1. Chris Paul
  2. John Wall
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge
  4. Pau Gasol
  5. DeMarcus Cousins

Carter:

1. Chris Paul

  1. John Wall
  2. Lamarcus Aldridge
  3. Pau Gasol
  4. Tim Duncan

 

All Defensive First Team:

Ashimi:

  1. Jeff Teague
  2. Jimmy Butler
  3. Kawhi Leonard
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Joakim Noah

Hornback:

  1. Jeff Teague
  2. Tony Allen
  3. Draymond Green
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Rudy Gobert

Fort:

  1. John Wall
  2. Jeff Teague
  3. Tony Allen
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Joakim Noah

Carter:

  1. Jeff Teague
  2. Kawhi Leonard
  3. Draymond Green
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Deandre Jordan

 

All Rookie First Team:

Ashimi:

  1. Jordan Clarkson
  2. Elfrid Payton
  3. Andrew Wiggins
  4. Nikola Mirotić
  5. Nerlens Noel

Hornback:

  1. Jordan Clarkson
  2. Elfrid Payton
  3. Andrew Wiggins
  4. Nikola Mirotić
  5. Nerlens Noel

Fort:

  1. Jordan Clarkson
  2. Elfrid Payton
  3. Andrew Wiggins
  4. Nikola Mirotić
  5. Nerlens Noel

Carter:

  1. Elfrid Payton
  2. Jordan Clarkson
  3. Andrew Wiggins
  4. Nikola Mirotić
  5. Nerlens Noel

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All Play, No Pay (Should College Athletes Get Paid)

ncaaCollege football and men’s college basketball are two of the most highly anticipated and most watched things on earth. Everyone loves tuning in to CBS, ESPN, NBC and other major TV networks on Saturday’s during the autumn season to watch some college football. Fans all across the world love filling out NCAA tournament brackets for men’s basketball during March Madness. Those two sports are thrilling, breath-taking and epic at the college level just as much as the pros. Those two sports are also anchors in providing the NCAA with money. Endorsements, Television deals and a lot of other money-making opportunities wouldn’t come to fruition if it weren’t for the Division I athletes. Because of their contribution to the schools’ funds and the NCAA as a whole, college athletes of these two sports, basketball and football should get paid.

Outside of men’s basketball, football and women’s basketball to an extent the NCAA doesn’t bring in much revenue from the other sports such as softball, baseball, volleyball and etc. Football and basketball are the sole money makers. As reported by Chris Smith from Forbes, CBS and Turner Broadcasting made over $1 billion off of the basketball games for both the men and women alone. As a whole the NCAA makes at least $6 billion a year. The NCAA then spreads the money amongst the Division l schools, sports sponsorships, and a few more things that include grants for the schools as well as student assistance funds. Once colleges receive the new-found money or extra money, whichever the case may be, colleges start looking for players to give scholarships to and the trend continues.

Most, if not all athletic scholarships cover the player’s school billings such as books, classes, food and housing. A lot of people figure that this diligence is enough for college athletes and should be considered as their pay. But even with the scholarship and all of the different facets it covers college athletes still deserve more because of the risk they’re taking and the exposure they provide schools with.

For example, the three biggest names last year in college basketball were Julius Randle (Kentucky,) Andrew Wiggins (Kansas,) and Jabari Parker (Duke). Each of these players were highly sought after because of their rank amongst others in their class as well as the guys who were already playing at the college level. Having been highly profiled athletes, each of these guys brought major attention to their schools which equated in getting a lot of nationally televised games, commercials and other big marketing deals. Without playing in a single game for their respective schools each player still managed to bring in money. Once the season actually rolled around tons of fans bought tickets. Why, you may ask, because big names sell. College basketball is like any other business; if you have you have the best product you are guaranteed to sell.

On the football side of the equation Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, was box office to the max. A&M got extra media attention because of him, more national games and even sold more tickets. They even sold that praised him. If it hadn’t been for Manziel, A&M would not be in the position they are in now. Manziel’s impact on A&M was ridiculous. Shirts, jerseys, cups and other fan items were all being bought because of Manziel and his brand. Manziel was A&M’s product. Having Manziel on board also helped with their move from the Big 12 to the SEC.

Along with bringing in money, college athletes also put their lives at risk. In basketball the injuries are far less gruesome but can still be detrimental; in football concussions happen, neck injuries happen and plethora of other serious injuries can happen in this dangerous yet fun game. Aside from injuries the players also get held to a higher standard. One wrong slip up and they could get their scholarship taken away like professionals could get their contract voided. Since they’re getting held to such a high standard why aren’t they getting paid like professionals do?

College ball isn’t an easy task either. It’s not like high-school, and how you could just come in and just play for fun or play whenever you like. In college you actually have to work and perform. Especially if given a scholarship. But sometimes working hard can be a bit of a drag especially if you aren’t receiving anything in return. The scholarship helps with a lot of different things but it doesn’t necessarily benefit the players in other aspects of life such as players who happen to be parents or guardians for their families back at home.

As a matter of fact there are a lot of college athletes who happen to be parents and could use a few extra dollars here and there to help support their children. Others, who may not have that same need could quite possibly use a few dollars to help them get from place to place. Everyone’s needs are different, but the money earned from the hard work that’s being put in on the field or court could help players out tremendously. Paying the college athletes would also minimize the problem athletes have in obtaining illegal money and other, benefits from agents, or persons who shouldn’t be involved with them; that would minimize a lot of the suspensions that happen.

All in all, college athletes should get paid. College sports is nothing but a business and like all businesses employees should be paid. The players deserve it because of the hard work and effort they put into being athletes as well as students and in some cases parents. With billions of dollars being made off of these athletes through various marketing outlets, the NCAA would be smart to give out a portion to the athletes to help minimize some of the problems that exist now. The NCAA is after all, a model of the professional leagues. If they (pros) can pay the players the NCAA can too. After all they already have their version of a contract, plus it’s the right thing to do. Why be selfish with the guys who are the cause for money coming in?

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