‘Tis the season where NBA awards voters make ridiculous decisions, causing the bloggeratti to suffer strokes while screaming for transparency in the voting process. This happens every year, without fail, in at least some, and very often all awards.
I don’t get AS worked up about it as some people, but I get it. These guys work their asses off all year-long, and they deserve the proper recognition of their efforts. Today, J.R. Smith won the 6th Man of the Year award. He certainly deserved it, as did Jamal Crawford (remember that name) who came in second.
But what’s got Twitter all aflutter is the fact that JORDAN Crawford got himself a single first-place vote.
That means one voter felt one of two things:
(A) there was no single player that came off the bench this NBA season that had more of an impact on his team(s) than Jordan Crawford.. OR
(B) there was no single player that came off the bench this NBA season that had more of an impact on his team than Jamal Crawford, and the voter made an oopsie.
Now, Smith won by a pretty decent margin, so it’s not like the vote screwed anyone over. Still either of those scenarios is a pretty egregious error for someone who is allegedly held in such high regard as to hold the honor of voting for such awards. It’s even worse than Luke Babbit getting a third place vote (that actually happened… I’m not just making shit up here).
The first place vote puts Crawford ahead of Manu Ginobili, Carl Landry, and others. It’s pretty ridiculous, really, and I can’t WAIT to see how he reacts to this…. unless his reaction is to take 43 shots tomorrow night. Then I can wait.
Here’s the list (courtesy of the NBA PR department).
Player Team 1st Place (5 pts) 2nd Place (3 Pts) 3rd Place (1 Pt) Total Points
J.R. Smith New York 72 39 7 484
Jamal Crawford LA Clippers 31 59 20 352
Jarrett Jack Golden State 14 15 55 170
Kevin Martin OKC 2 3 12 31
Ryan Anderson New Orleans 1 1 3 11
Andre Miller Denver – – 7 7
Jordan Crawford Boston 1 – – 5
Manu Ginobili San Antonio – 1 1 4
Carl Landry Golden State – 1 1 4
Nate Robinson Chicago – – 4 4
Corey Brewer Denver – 1 1 4
Ramon Sessions Charlotte – – 2 2
Shane Battier Miami – – 2 2
Luke Babbitt Portland – – 1 1
Gordon Hayward Utah – – 1 1
Vince Carter Dallas – – 1 1
J.J. Redick Milwaukee – – 1 1