Monday April 27 2009 – 10:46am Eastern (Toronto, ON) 

I see my good buddy Doug Smith already beat me to the punch on this one (the early bird gets the worm I guess) but I had to mention it anyway.

I was checking out some of the post-season awards last night (the press releases that were sent to me by the league over the last 7+ days) and I noticed that Raptors’ swingman Jason Kapono got a 2ND place vote for the Sixth Man of the Year award.  So I knew right then … that I had my topic for today’s blog!

But, again, Smitty beat me to the punch.  I guess I should have written my piece last night and published it ASAP.  Serves me right for watching “Oceans 11″ on TMN and then heading to bed.

Anyway …

I like Kapono.  He’s a good guy.  He’s a great character.  And on the floor, when he’s on … he’s deadly.  But there’s no denying that he has been inconsistent in his time in Toronto and this past season specifically was not exactly stellar.  It certainly wasn’t “6TH Man of the Year” worthy.

Though his scoring, rebounding, and assist totals went up this year (over what he did in year 1 with the Raps), his 3PT% and FG% were both the lowest they’ve been in 4 seasons. 

But the bottom line is … whoever gave JK a 2ND place vote for that award … was saying that the 3-point specialist was a better player and/or had a more significant role/contribution on his team than players like Nate Robinson, JR Smith, Lamar Odom, Travis Outlaw, and more. 

I hope Kapono legitimately wins the award one day – maybe even next year.  If he’s playing at the top of his game he could be the kind of player that has that “it” factor you’re looking for in a second-unit scorer / igniter off the bench.  But he simply didn’t have that kind of year this season. 

For what it’s worth … Hakim Warrick got a 3RD place vote as well (and, no, Norm Rumack does not vote on this awards).  Yes, Hakim Warrick.

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This blip on the radar with the 6TH Man voting gave me reason to go back and check the results of ALL of the awards that have been announced thus far, and there are/were some surprises in every category.  Here’s who stood out for me (for the wrong reasons):

- Grant Hill, Joel Pryzbilla, and Hedo Turkoglu each got one 3RD place vote for Defensive Player of the Year.

- Nicolas Batum got a 3RD place vote for Rookie of the Year.

- Vinny Del Negro got a FIRST place vote (plus one 2ND and one 3RD place vote too) for Coach of the Year … while Scott Skiles, Tony DiLeo, and Rick Carlisle each earned one 3RD place vote as well.

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Remember, I told you which ballots I had this year and I even published my official picks.  So none of these blips came from me!  If you want to see who I voted for, you can check out this blog from 11 days ago:

http://blog.rogersbroadcasting.com/ericsmith/2009/04/16/the-awards/

And we’ll see if “the media” (including me) gets it right for the awards that haven’t been announced yet – like the MVP and Most Improved.

Enjoy the sunshine (in Toronto) today!

E. Smith

8 Responses to “NBA Award Gaffes”
  1. 1.

    Hi Eric,

    I’m assuming you didn’t include this one because it was obviously a mistake on the part of the voter, but Robin Lopez got a 2nd place vote for ROY.

    - Patrick
  2. 2.

    Hey E,
    I know Chuck caught Flack for voting Andrea for ROY. Without getting to detailed have you ever felt the “Ah there is no other player I’d vote for so I’ll vote for one of our guys just for the heck if it” feeling that would tempt you to vote that way? I know it is an honor to vote for these awards but it obviously is not unheard of for messed votes or votes out of left field, is it???

    - Lanny from Whitby
  3. 3.

    Hakim Warrick? How does Norm know him?

    But, I agree with you Eric, all these guys you just pointed out should have not been voted! I bet Bento voted for all these player!!!!!

    - Raps Fan
  4. 4.

    Unless there was a time when there were only 2 legit contenders – and thus the 3rd vote meant little – then, no, I wouldn’t do that … just to give a homer vote

    - E. Smith
  5. 5.

    Rumack is a Syracuse grad and loves all things Orange as a result

    - E. Smith
  6. 6.

    Norm is the most impartial personality on the fan and i’m sick of everyone picking on him! Go Orange!!

    - Mr. T
  7. 7.

    Rumack’s interviews with Brian Heaney has the best analysis of Raptors and NBA imo, with the possible exception of this blog.

    - Chas Calz
  8. 8.

    I never thought I’d hear “Rumack” and “impartial” in the same sentence.

    And is the Brian Heaney you’re talking about the same Brian Heaney that bored us to death as an analyst and never really had anything interesting to say, but now that he’s out East and away from anyone that matters, he’s suddenly grown some cahones and supposedly has something of value to offer?

    - Jack
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