That should please plenty of players, including Kevin Durant.
But John Wall is not on board.
Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:
Wall is correct.
However, the media and coaches who pick awards also face biases.
Subconsciously – or sometimes even consciously – media members vote for players they like personally and/or against players they don’t. Coaches have their own conflicts of interest.
There’s no perfect way to handle awards.
The Players Choice Awards could be more or less credible than the mainstream awards, and we’ll have to see how this plays out over the years. I think competitive NBA players will have a harder time setting aside their biases, but they don’t have to be perfect for their awards to matter.
They have to try, though – and it’s unclear how many of the are willing to do that. It doesn’t sound as if Wall is.