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Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five

Nominees for first ever NBPA “Players Awards” are out


Michele Roberts is giving the players what they want as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association  (the NBA players’ union). She knows she needs their loyalty during the looming 2017 lockout, so she’s trying to build up good will now. She’s doing the little things that resonate with players. Like questioning why there are media in the locker rooms before games. Or pushing back against the owners on the age limit.

Or giving the players their own chance to vote on the big NBA awards (most postseason awards, such as MVP or Rookie of the Year, are voted on by the media).

The first ever “Players’ Awards” will take place July 19 at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas (and be broadcast on BET July 21). Every NBA player was given the opportunity to vote in a variety of categories, and Thursday the list of nominees was released.

Here they are:

Best Rookie
Jordan Clarkson
Zach LaVine
Elfrid Payton
Andrew Wiggins

Best Defender
Tony Allen
Jimmy Butler
Anthony Davis
DeAndre Jordan

Global Impact Player
Pau Gasol
Kyrie Irving
Dirk Nowitzki
Tony Parker

Clutch Performer:
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Coach You Most Want to Play For
Mike Budenholzer
Rick Carlisle
Steve Kerr
Greg Popovich

Hardest to Guard
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Best Home Court Advantage
AT&T Center (San Antonio)
Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)
Moda Center (Portland)
Oracle Arena (Golden State)

Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:
Stephen Curry
Anthony Davis
Tim Duncan
LeBron James

Most Valuable Player:
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

That list looks pretty similar to the media awards, upon first glance. Save for no Kawhi Leonard or Draymond Green as best defenders. Also, no LeBron James or Kobe Bryant in the category naming the players with the greatest global impact?

Whether you think these awards are more fair or accurate than the traditional media ones largely will depend on whether your guy wins in his category. For example, don’t be shocked if James Harden wins the Players Award MVP, so if you were a Harden guy you will think the players got it right after the media screwed it up.

I’ll just say this: Don’t think they are less biased than the media. Players have a lot of agendas — they will vote for guys with the same agent, AAU buddies, their friends, and on down the line. There is plenty of bias to go around.

Stephen Curry hits half-court shot while riding PhunkeeDuck (VIDEO)

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six

J.R. Smith first introduced us to the PhunkeeDuck during the NBA Finals, a Segway without handle bars of sorts that one could use to effortlessly motor around.

Stephen Curry has taken its use a step further, by bringing it to the basketball court and draining a half-court shot while appearing to ride it with the greatest of ease.

Report: Warriors, Draymond Green agree to five-year, $85 million deal

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game One

We tried to tell you when talks “broke down” between the Warriors and Draymond Green on a new contract that this was just a matter of the two sides finding a number. The Warriors couldn’t let Green go, he is too central to what they do defensively, he was second in Defensive Player of the Year voting and his ability to switch picks and guard multiple positions is key for Golden State’s top-ranked defense. Plus he can knock down threes, is the emotional center for the team, and Green averaged 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game last season.

The two sides have figured it out.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports and Sam Amick of the USA Today.

Along with the extension given Klay Thompson a year ago and the 2017 max deal, the Warriors will give Stephen Curry, keeps the core of this team together for years. They are going to be contenders for a while. (And the West is loading up to challenge them.)

There will be costs to the Warriors down the line, it may be difficult to pay players such as Harrison Barnes or Andrew Bogut the market rate. GM Bob Myers will have some future challenges.

But for now, the Warriors are keeping the band together — and they will be at the top of the West for a while.