It just seems like yesterday that we all were enjoying the NBA lockout and all of the sudden - poof - we are already a quarter of the way through the NBA season. To mark the occasion, The Hoops Manifesto has gathered together the best basketball minds at Bloguin to vote on the early season leaders for MVP, Rookie of the Year and All-NBA honors. The envelopes, please.
Voting Panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, Lives from Knicks Fanatics, College Wolf and Bonk from TWolves Blog, Andre from The Fantasy Dudes, Mookie Schiralli from A Stern Warning, Philip Rossman-Reich from Orlando Magic Daily, Don from With Malice, Sean François from Hoops Head North, Keith Petrower from Sons of Roto, and Ezra Poe from The Purple and Gold Blog.
LeBron James - Miami (7 votes out of 11)
28.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2.1 spg
Bash him all you want, but you can't deny that LeBron James is bringing it this year for Miami. Despite (because of?) Dwyane Wade's extended absence this year, James has the Heat up there in the standings with the elite.
Others receiving votes: Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant
Rookie of the Year:
Ricky Rubio - Minnesota (7 votes out of 11)
10.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 8.5 apg, 2.5 spg
While his shooting touch has gotten back to normal as of late (i.e. - not very good), Ricky Rubio has been better than expected during his debut NBA campaign, currently leading the league in steals and placing fourth in assists. He also ranks first in cheeks most desired to be pinched by grandmas the world over.
Others receiving votes: Kyrie Irving, MarShon Brooks
(voting scoring system: 15 points for 1st Team vote, 10 for 2nd Team, 5 for 3rd Team)
First Team All-NBA
Kobe Bryant- Lakers (160 points)
30.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.6 apg
Derrick Rose - Chicago (150 points)
20.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 8.6 apg
LeBron James - Miami (160 points)
28.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2.1 spg
Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City (160 points)
25.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.2 apg
Dwight Howard - Orlando (165 points)
19.7 ppg, 15.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.2 bpg
Synopsis: How dare you question Kobe Bryant's abilities heading into this season, critics. Kobe showed you, I guess. If this is Dwight Howard's last year in Orlando, he is making it count - he was the only unanimous selection to our First Team All-NBA (James, Bryant and Durant all had one Second Team vote; Rose was left completely off of one ballot). The reigning MVP, Derrick Rose, is actually having a better season this year, if you are a believer in Win Shares. Kevin Durant solidified last season that he is an elite player, so he should be a constant on the First Team All-NBA for years (decades?) to come.
Second Team All-NBA
Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City (70 points)
20.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.6 spg
Dwyane Wade - Miami (52.5 points)
19.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.4 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.7 bpg
Kevin Love - Minnesota (110 points)
24.9 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 34-87 3Pts
LaMarcus Aldridge - Portland (90 points)
22.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.7 apg
Andrew Bynum- Lakers (100 points)
15.9 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Synopsis: The voting panel must have given Dwyane Wade some kind of lifetime achievement consideration, because despite missing almost half of the Heat's games thus far he still garnered enough votes to earn Second Team honors. While he might have had a rocky start to the season, Russell Westbrook is back playing at an elite level. Anyone thinking Kevin Love's 2010/11 season was a fluke have been proven wrong this year by Mr. Love. Portland might be devastated by injuries, like usual, but LaMarcus Aldridge has stepped up and is truly one of the league's top big men now. We always heard how great Andrew Bynum could be if he stayed healthy - this year he's finally showing it.
Third Team All-NBA
Steve Nash - Phoenix (40 points)
14.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 10.4 apg
Chris Paul - Clippers (47.5 points)
18.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 8.4 apg, 2.8 spg
Carmelo Anthony - New York (55 points)
24.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.2 apg
Blake Griffin - Clippers (65 points)
21.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 2.9 apg
Marc Gasol - Memphis (45 points)
14.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.4 bpg
Synopsis: Guess someone forget to tell Steve Nash that 38-year-olds aren't allowed to lead the NBA in assists. Chris Paul must have gotten the Dwyane Wade treatment from voters - he's missed more than a third of the Clippers' games this year yet still finds himself on our All-NBA Team. Carmelo Anthony might be putting up some gaudy numbers, but he's shooting under 40% and is turning the ball over too much. Blake Griffin continues to evolve and get better - a scary thought for the rest of the NBA. And who would have thought that one day the only Gasol on an All-NBA Team would be Marc, not big brother Pau?
Rubio is number one in fantasy ratings and assists. Ricky Rubio is 8th among rookies (4.6 rpg) in rebounding and Irving is 17th at 3.2 rpg.
Kyrie Irving is
#2 in assists behing Rubio
#2 in scoring (Rubio is 5th)
#11 in Blocks (Rubio is 32nd)
#14 in Shooting percentage (Rubio is 43d)
#16th in Free throw average (Rubio is 17th)
#5 in 3 point shooting percentage (Rubio is 12th)
do you think that Rubio is really sexy and is receiving a lot of great publicity. I love Rubio's game, but he is not playing better than Irving who is leading a team of misfits while rubio is working with players who have been together for a little bit.
Gentlemen, let's start with Wade. The season is only a quarter old and there is no doubt that Wade is a major reason that the Heat got off to a great start. Wade's presence makes it easier for James to be the high point scorer that he is . The Heat started 5-0 in part because of Wade's last second heroics in wins against the Timberwolves and Charlotte adn his consistency which led him to be the second highest scorer whenever Bosh or LeBron were the leading scorers.. In the overtime loss to GSW Wade was the high scorer with 34 pts.
In the nine games he has played, Wade has averaged 19.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2 spg, and 5.4 assists. So what he hasn't played in all 12 victories before the vote. He still is one of the best players in the league and whenever he is on the court performs better than most any other guard on the floor. Although, Bosh has shown that he can take over when Wade is gone, even Bosh admits that Wade should have the ball at the end of the game.
You don't need reruns to select Wade, just look at the none games he's played in.
Man Kyle Lowry got the shaft! He's such a huge MEAST!
How are these injured guys and Melo(?!?!?) on this list? Sad face.
@Lives I concur, Ricky4TheWin!!!!!
@TheFantasyDudes Can't argue with a 38-year-old leading the league in assists.
@Lives "You don't need reruns to select Wade, just look at the none games he's played in."Poignant slip there: "the NONE games he's played in." *none* indeed!!!The thing about what we're doing here is voting on the season, *thus far*. To vote for Wade is a mockery, and redolent of All Star voting where guys get in merely because of where they're from, or because "well... I like him".
No-one's contesting that he's a damn good player, but thus far there's no godly way his inclusion on these lists can be logically justified!
@CollegeWolf especially from a fantasy perspective :)
@CollegeWolf And CW you wrote that Lowry was a MEAST, which I'm going to assume isn't a typo but instead means "most beastly".
@CollegeWolf Yup... blows my mind that Wade/Paul/Melo got voted in. Some people must be watching re-runs of the seasons gone by, not this one.
@CollegeWolf And someone actualy voted Rubio for 1st Team All-NBA!
@WithMalice Well, if he actually played in :none" games I guess I would take that mis-intrpretation if a typo seriously and like you just did ignore all the other facts. Apparently, I and a bunch of others disagree with the notion that playing in all 17 games is the defining factor in whether a player has performed at an all-star level and has had a significant impact on their team's play and position in the standings.
The thing is that we are not voting on a season. We're voting on a quarter of a season. You certainly can have your opinion and I'll refrain from calling your decision to ignore the facts and to suggest that out consideration of Wade is simply because we "like him" and we "watched reruns" as a mockery, redolent or ridiciulous. Instead, I'll just say we disagree and I'm glad that Wade was given due consideration by others.
@Jeff Fox Rubio = SEAST!
@Jeff Fox Man BEAST!!!
@Jeff Fox That's awesome, hahahahaha!
And I can honestly say it wasn't even me!
@WithMalice No. I made it pretty clear above that I was looking at his play and the numbers. I'm not stuck on him playing nine games out of 17 especially isnce his play was the reason they started 5-0. Easy choice.
That is fine. Just interested tho': are you looking at this in prognostication? Thinking about who will be in the All NBA at the end of the season...
@WithMalice Then we disagree.
@Lives Really? "Due consideration"?
So if the season ended this very day - you'd vote Dwyane Wade into an All NBA team based on his body of work thus far?
You even alluded to it being because because he's "one of the best players... whenever he is on the court". "Whenever" being pretty key there.Hey, I may have misunderstood this entire process - if it's a predictive deal, and we're guessing who *will be* in the All NBA team, then yes: Dwyane Wade would probably be on my ballot. But for what he's done so far? Sorry...
@Lives I like it. I hope this happens someday.
@CollegeWolf If I had time, I would do an all model team. There are great model picks of Kobe (they were ugly really), Gallo, Stoudemire (naked) and Rubio in nothing but sweat (not sweats).
@Jeff Fox I was going for Sexy BEAST, but that works too!
@CollegeWolf SEAST = Sexy Spanish Beast?!
@Lives I'll take it!
1. Wade hasn't really played enough for me to be satisfied that he deserves to be in an All-NBA team (and from what we've seen, there are others who fall in that category).
2. Melo hasn't really played well enough for me to be satisfied that he deserves to be in an All-NBA team (and from what we've seen, there are others who fall in that category).
@WithMalice@Jeff Fox@CollegeWolf You're really being free and loose with your analysis. Wade and Melo are not the same situation. You argue against Wade because he hasn't played in enough games for your liking despite the fact he has excelled in the games he has played. Melo on the other hand has played in most of this team's games and has been inconsistent in his performance as he and Stat try to figure out hos wot work together without a point guard and the appropriate coach/system. Seriously?
@Jeff Fox@WithMalice@CollegeWolf You guys are funny. Melo has not been horrible this year. He has been horrible since his injury, but prior to that he was the best player offensive player on the Knicks. He is the fifth leading scorer in the league on a team that has been anemic offensively. The Knicks are horrible, but at the quarter point in the season he has been the catalyst for most of their wins. To be considered one of the six best forwards in the first quarter based on his impact is not that far fetched, clearly.
@CollegeWolf No... I had Rondo first team. And I stated that Lowry was a "miss".