New 2012-13 NBA awards, part 2
The "One Dimensional Player of the Year" award recognizes the player who was best able to recognize their niche (or lack of any other skills) and excel in a highly specified role.
The nominees included defensive specialists Tony Allen and Bismack Biyombo, 3 point snipers Matt Bonner and Shane Battier, and the man with the bluest collar in the NBA, Reggie Evans.
Shane Battier earned the most votes in this category for his total commitment to the corner three point shot. His assists, rebounds, and steals all went down this year but his improved three point shooting kept him on the floor for the Heat. And if it ain't broke, don't fix it. A ridiculous 87.3% of Battier's field goal attempts in 2012-13 were from long range and he made 43% of those shots.
In second place was Tony Allen, who impressed voters with his inability to hit a 3 point shot while recording the best defensive rating and most defensive win shares in his career. Allen has always been a stopper, but this year that's all he was. He shot 12.5% from behind the arc and had his worst offensive season while playing the most minutes he ever has and serving a key role for a playoff team.
Andris Biedrins received an honorable mention for his minuscule 3.7 usg%, a statistic that tracks how much a player has the ball when he is on the court. For some perspective, the league average is around 18% and other shot blockers like Biyombo and Hasheet Thabeet had usg% of around 10% this year.
The "Best Dunk By Someone Other Than a Heat or Clippers Player" award goes to a dunker that surprised us by entering our dunking consciousness despite not playing for one of the two teams that is recognized for its contribution to the poster industry.
The nominees are: Gerald Henderson
and Jeremy Evans
Although his dunk took place in the preseason, voters were so impressed with Jeremy Evans' full court play that they gave him the nod for this award. The length and athleticism displayed here are incredible and I'm sure that the Clippers are already looking to add him to the Lob City roster for next season.