The NBA Anti-Awards: 2012-2013 Pre-Season Picks was releaseed this morning on Hickory-High by Ian Levy.
I thought it would make a good fanpost to take the awards and try to apply them just to the Orlando Magic. Read the original article to see who Levy projects for the league-wide awards. Below are my thoughts and winners. Levy's description of the awards are in italics.
"The NBA regular season will be here in just a few days. Now that the preseason is winding down and rotations have taken shape it’s time to take a look at the NBA Anti-Awards. These Awards recognize some of the worst and most discouraging on-court achievements. Here’s how they may shake out this year."
The Shawn Bradley Award – This award goes to the player 6’10? or taller who has had the highest percentage of his shot attempts blocked (minimum 500 minutes played).
[For Orlando, the front court player who has the highest percentage of shot attempts blocked.]
Winner: Gustavo Ayon, just because I stuck with the 6'10" rule. Otherwise, I'd guess Glen Davis.
The Shawn Kemp Award – This award goes to the player who has fouled out of the most games. From 1986 up through the present, Shawn Kemp is the NBA’s leader in foul outs with 115, 35 more than his next closest competitor.
[Could be the player with the highest fouls per 36 minutes.]
Winner: Nik Vucevic based on what I've seen in pre-season.
The Jahidi White Award – This award goes to the player with the lowest ratio of Ast/FGA (minimum 500 minutes played). The award is named for White who assisted on just 1.7% of his teammates’ baskets over a 334 game career.
Candidates: Glen Davis, Nik Vucevic, Al Harrington. It appears that Vaughn's motion offense encourages the "open" player to pull the trigger. These three guys have shown almost no conscience about shooting, even long 2s.
Winner: Glen Davis. I think the other two are better passers than Baby.
The Darrick Martin Award - This award goes to the player with the lowest FG% and a minimum of 300 attempts. The award is named for Darrick Martin, a career 38.2% shooter who played 514 games over 13 NBA seasons.
Candidates: Josh McRoberts, DeQuan Jones, Ish Smith, E'Twuan Moore.
I'm not sure Ish will get 300 attempts--even if teams figure out to leave him open, I'm not sure he'd shoot.
Winner: McRoberts if he's with the team. Otherwise, E'Twuan Moore.
The Jason Kidd Award – This award goes to the player with the most turnovers in a single game. Jason Kidd has had a Hall of Fame career with many terrific positive statistical contributions. He’s also had 3 career games with more than 12 turnovers.
Candidates: E'Twuan Moore, Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson, Ish Smith
There are some bigs that could compete for this, but I think if they get butter fingers, Vaughn will pull them. Moore and Turk will have the ball in their hands the most and seem most likely to force the bad pass at this point than Jameer.
Winner: E'Twuan Moore (because I think Turk will stop passing on a bad day before Moore will.)
The Matt Bullard Award – This award goes to the player 6’10? or taller with the lowest Total Rebound Percentage. (Minimum 500 minutes)
Winner: Turk. No contest.
The Kobe Bryant Award – This award goes to the player who has missed the most shot attempts in a single game. The award is inspired by Kobe’s performance in Game 7 of the Finals last season.
Candidates: Almost everyone on the team.
Winner: Hard to pick. Nicholson or Afflalo. Either could have a 3-for-20 type of night.
The Nick Anderson Award - This award goes to the player who missed the most free throws in a single game. Anderson was actually a decent free throw shooter. But his four missed free throw attempts in the 1995 Finals against Houston kind of stand out in my memory.
More difficult to predict with Dwight and JRich getting traded last summer. I'm going with Glen Davis here, because nobody else draws as many attempts as he does.
Winner: Glen Davis
The Chris Childs Award – This award goes to the player who has posted the highest Turnover Percentage for the season. It’s named after former New York Knick Chris Childs, who retired with a career Turnover Percentage of 22.8%. (Minimum 500 minutes)
As with the turnover award above, Ish Smith, Hedo Turkoglu, and E'Twuan Moore are the likely candidates as ballhandlers. I think Vucevic and Ayon are good enough at catching passes that it will not fall to them. Glen Davis could win, but he has fairly good hands, too. O'Quinn seems likely if he gets the 500 minutes.
Winner: Kyle O'Quinn
The Andrea Bargnani Award (Formerly the Darius Songaila Award)– This award goes to the player who has provided his team with the least overall production. I use Wins Produced to determine the winner here. (Minimum 500 minutes) This is another award that relies on individual incompetence and on having a team desperate enough to keep a struggling player on the floor.
This all comes down to playing time. Who gets on the floor due to injuries? Almost any of the bench players could win here. Jones or McRoberts (depending on who is cut), Moore, Ish, O'Quinn, QRich, Harkless.
Winner: Too tough to call. Somebody from the bench.
Who do you think will win? Leave it in the comments.