2014 NBA Offseason Awards
Typically NBA awards are handed out to both players and personnel soon after the playoffs commence. It’s the association’s way of honoring those who have accomplished more than their fellow peers during the regular season.
Wouldn’t it be cool though if the NBA also recognized those that had a not so memorable year?
Instead of secluding the awards to only positive categories, why not also acknowledge the head scratching/not so proud moments of the NBA in a similar fashion?
Luckily for you, we’ve made this fantasy somewhat of a reality.
Introducing the 2014 NBA Offseason Awards, where yours truly, commemorates teams for both their successes and disappointments over the summer. Let’s go ahead and delve right in!
Worst Free Agent Signing: Charlotte Hornets, Marvin Williams
Contract: Two Years, $14 Million (Fully Guaranteed)
Why in the world Charlotte would hand out $14 million to a player that has disappointed everywhere he’s gone is beyond me.
The former number 2 pick has not only failed to register a PER above the league average of 15.0 over the last 3 seasons, but has also struggled to remain efficient on offense, shooting a mediocre 43.9 percent from the floor last season.
Part of me understands why the Hornets felt the need to find a replacement for Josh McRoberts, but Williams isn’t the type of player you feature in a starting lineup, especially at that ridiculous price tag.
Best Bargain Free Agent Signing: Los Angeles Lakers, Carlos Boozer
Contract: 1 Year, $3.25 Million
Despite the fact that the Lakers created an absolute logjam at the power forward position, the acquisition of Boozer was still a pretty solid move for the franchise.
Boozer isn’t the same kind of offensive powerhouse he once was during the prime of his career, but he’s still good enough to be in the starting 5, or even utilized as a sixth man.
Allowing Julius Randle to take a backseat to Boozer will also be very beneficial, as the rookie can learn from one of the best offensive big men on how to create scoring opportunities at the 4, allowing him to slowly ease his way into the rotation.
Best Offseason Trade: Phoenix Suns
Details: Alex Oriakhi for Isaiah Thomas
Leave it to the Kings to give away Isaiah Thomas.
For reasons unknown, management had the audacity to believe Thomas could be replaced by former Clippers reserve Darren Collison, allowing the star point guard to sign with the Suns in return for an unpronounceable player.
The best part is?
The Suns got Thomas for pennies on the dollar, signing him to a four-year, $28 million contract, which ironically is only $1.5 million more per year than what Collison will make.
Some will argue the Cavs acquiring Kevin Love was the best trade of the offseason, but remember, they had to give up promising players like Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.
Phoenix basically got Thomas for a toothpick, which is pretty remarkable given how talented he already is.
Worst Offseason Trade: Houston Rockets
Details: Jeremy Lin, Future 1st Round Pick for Sergei Lishchuk
If it weren’t for the Pacers, the Rockets would definitely be the frontrunner for the ‘Worst Overall Offseason’ award, given how much talent they lost and how little they gained.
Losing Chandler Parsons was a pretty tough pill to swallow, but the worst part had to be how trading Jeremy Lin was completely in vain, since they failed to sign a superstar after his departure.
Now with Patrick Beverley and Ish Smith being the only true point guards on the roster, I’m sure general manager Daryl Morey wishes he never made this move in the first place.
Best Overall Offseason: Cleveland Cavaliers
Landing the best player and one of the best power forwards in the world guarantees you had the top offseason, even if you did give up two number one picks.
Case closed. No arguments.
Worst Overall Offseason: Indiana Pacers
Watching the Pacers offseason unfold was like the entire Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie: upsetting and very tough to watch.
First there was the loss of Lance Stephenson, who decided to sign with the Charlotte Hornets for even less than what Indiana was offering.
Then it was management’s lackluster attempt to replace Stephenson’s production with C.J. Miles and Rodney Stuckey, two players that struggle with on ball defense and generating offense consistently.
Finally to make matters worse, there was the devastating injury to Paul George, which will sideline him for the entire 2014-2015 regular season.
Sorry Pacers fans, this season’s going to be a really tough one to watch.
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