Banter Brainwork

This is what we’ve been waiting for…

By Aneesh Saxena

Updated April 18

After who knows how long, the NBA playoffs are finally here. This is what we’ve been waiting for ever since the season started. It’s what we’ve anxiously waited for since the new year and since those flurry of trades went down before the trade deadline. The last couple months seemed to drag on, but the NBA playoffs are finally here and they are better than ever. Before I get into my thoughts on the eight first round series and my NBA predictions, here are my regular season awards:

Rookie of the Year – Kevin Durant

The one lone bright spot for the Sonics this year was Kevin Durant. He chucked up a lot of shots, but still averaged over 20 points a game and his field goal percentage got better as the year went along. I would like to see his rebounding numbers go up and I would like to see him be more of a playmaker, but it’s hard not to reward him for being above average on a pathetic team.

Honorable Mention – Al Horfard, Luis Scola

Most Improved Player – Rajon Rondo

Who ever thought this guy would be this good? He’s been that floor general and defensive stopper that every Boston fan had hoped he’d be back in October. He was the perfect complement to the Big Three and his role will be more important during the playoffs because he will be asked to contain every big point guard in the league.

Honorable Mention – Hedo Turkoglu, Rudy Gay

6th Man of the Year – Manu Ginobili

This one is a no brainer and really needs no explanation. Ginobili kind of wins this award by default though. I’m pretty sure if Kobe Bryant came off the bench, he would automatically win this award too. Ginobili is easily one of the top players in the league, but he seems to be comfortable coming off the bench. He’s so valuable to his team off the bench that the Spurs can’t score without him.

No Honorable Mention

Coach of the YearDoc Rivers

What this guy did with the Celtics is unbelievable. I doubted him coming into the year because he had never proved he was a good coach at any time of his career. People give Kevin Garnett a lot of credit for turning around the culture of this team and rightfully so. But I think a lot of credit should also be given to Rivers for instilling a tough, defensive minded mentality into his team. He has gotten a bunch of scrubs to come in and provide the needed depth for the Big Three.

Honorable Mention – Byron Scott, Rick Adelman

Defensive Player of the Year – Kevin Garnett

He was simply the best defensive player on the best defensive team. Not only did he change the attitude and outlook of Basketball in the city, but he was the one that bought into Rivers’ defensive mentality and spread it to his teammates.

Honorable Mention – Chris Paul, Josh Smith

Most Valuable Player – Chris Paul

If you read my earlier post, you know I’m going with CP3 and it didn’t change the last day of the season. I don’t care if Garnett changed the culture of basketball in Boston. I don’t care if Kobe was the best player on the best team in the best conference… Paul has made an otherwise uncompetitive team into one of the best in the league. The same could be said for Lebron, but who’s team was better. Paul has made the Hornets nearly impossible to stop offensive with his ability to get to the rim and create for his teammates and let’s not forget he also gets it done on the defensive end as he led the league in steals. Where would the Hornets be in the West without Paul? This award will be a toss up and you can make an argument for anybody. I pick Paul, but I see the award going to Kobe with KG being a darkhorse and what a darkhorse he is.

Honorable Mention – Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett

Now let’s get to my predictions for the NBA playoffs that start on Saturday:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

over in FOUR – Let’s be serious, this should be done in two with a mercy rule.

over in FIVE – Philly can give Detroit a run, but I don’t see them pulling one out in Detroit

over in SEVEN – I can’t pick a Canadian team

over in SEVEN – The dumbest team in the history of sports beats the team with one of the dumbest front offices in the league

next round….

over in FIVE – What happened in the regular season doesn’t matter

over in SIX – Where has Rashard Lewis been?

Conference Finals

over in SEVEN – I don’t trust Flip

WESTERN CONFERENCE

over in FIVE – Who knows what Carmelo might be on during games

over in SIX – Dallas is hitting their stride at the right time

over in SIX – For the first time, I actually have confidence in Phoenix against SA

over in SIX – China has no interest in this series

next round….

over in SEVEN – home court plays out because Utah is horrendous on the road

over in SEVEN – Both midseason trades can’t win in this one

Conference Finals

over in SEVEN – Like Phoenix with SA, the Lakers are ready to get by their recent nemesis in the playoffs

NBA FINALS

OVER in SIX

The Lakers are too soft to beat Boston

4 Responses to Banter Brainwork

  1. Sweet blog Aneesh… I acutally have a brand new blog/website as well but its all about the Wsh Capitals! this blog jones is tight thoe ill make sure to check yours routinley now since your choice of words/vocab is incredible!!!

    Keep up the good work

    -Zack

  2. NYCNJHOOPS says:

    http://nycnjhoops.com/collegeblog/

    scroll down to the post titled : a questionable ending.

    i thni kyou will realize the blame isnt on the offical it’s on a few people…….

  3. Erik Elken says:

    Good job picking Georgetown Aneesh, well done, very well done. I don’t care if you picked ‘Cuse this morning because that makes you even less credible. Just a pathetic pick and even more shameful that you would change it on-air the next day. That’s all for now.

  4. Joe Levy says:

    Wisconsin put up 71 points? HOW?!

    50 rebounds!

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