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Since it is Saturday, as promised, it's time to unveil the winners in the second annual OPP Mid-Season Awards. As a change of pace from last year, I'll reveal my ballot below in block quotes with additional commentary if necessary.
Here are the results!
Best Individual Performance in a Game
Dwight Howard vs. Sacramento Kings (at SAC) - 6 votes
Dwight Howard vs. Los Angeles Clippers (at LAC) - 1 vote
J.J. Redick vs. Toronto Raptors (at Toronto, 11/1/09) - 7 votes
J.J. Redick vs. Toronto Raptors (1/6/10) - 2 votes
Dwight Howard vs. Los Angeles Lakers (at LAL) - 2 votes
Best Individual Performance in a Game - J.J. Redick vs. Toronto Raptors (at Toronto, 11/1/09)
Good choice by the community. It's natural to be drawn to Howard's performances because they jump out at you when you're looking at the stat sheet, but he's put up staggering numbers many times before. When Howard plays at his best, he's a top five player in the NBA and that's what top five players are supposed to do. Redick, on the other hand, isn't expected to play like he did against the Toronto Raptors in the third game of the regular season. Career-high night? That's special.
Ryan Anderson - 4 votes
Matt Barnes - 1 vote
Vince Carter's decline, etc. - 2 votes
Dwight Howard not making an extra leap - 1 vote
Anthony Johnson's fourth quarter vs. Atlanta Hawks (at ATL) - 1 vote
J.J. Redick - 1 vote
Jason Williams - 8 votes
Biggest Surprise - Jason Williams
Defensive Player of the Year (except Dwight)
Matt Barnes - 14 votes
Mickael Pietrus - 4 votes
Defensive Player of the Year (except Dwight) - Mickael Pietrus
I can understand why people voted for Barnes, given that he's been more visible lately and playing relatively well since he moved into the starting lineup, but Pietrus remains the Orlando Magic's best perimeter defender on the team. And has been, despite being relocated to the bench.
Dwight Howard - 18 votes
MVP - Dwight Howard
Most Disappointing Player
Vince Carter - 18 votes
Jameer Nelson - 2 votes
Most Disappointing Player - Vince Carter
Most Improved Player
J.J. Redick - 15 votes
Ryan Anderson - 1 vote
Jason Williams - 2 votes
Most Improved Player - J.J. Redick
... and there you have it.
Big ups to the Orlando Magic for making these awards possible.
Big ups to everyone that voted. Thanks for taking the time to cast your ballot.
We at Orlando Pinstriped Post will reconvene with a OPP End-Season Awards once the season ends.
As for the current award recipients, what does everyone think? Agree/disagree with the winners? Want to defend your choice? Just have something to say? Fire away with your comments.