NBA introduces new awards for 2012-13

5/2/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

The NBA has announced the addition of several new regular season awards after realizing that the 12 regular season honors it already gives out weren't quite enough.  

April 07, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) fouls Memphis Grizzlies small forward Quincy Pondexter (20) with Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Grizzlies won 89-87. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsIn the same vein as the J. Walter Kennedy citizenship award and the Joe Dumars sportsmanship award, the NBA has created the Rasheed Wallace annoyance award.  This new honor is going "to be given to the player, coach, or trainer who most exemplified arrogance, mindlessness, and an inability to control themselves throughout the season," according to a league source.

The award commemorates the illustrious career of Rasheed Wallace, a misunderstood big man who set the single season record with 41 technical fouls in 2000-01 season.   

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been named the winner of the 2013 Wallace award after leading the league in technical fouls with 17 and finishing in the top five in technicals, personal fouls, ejections, and flagrant fouls.  Cousins was the only player in the league to finish in the top five in all four category.

Dwight Howard finished a distant second.  He was second in the league with 291 personal fouls but his decline in technical foul production really hurt him down the stretch.  Up and coming annoyer Larry Sanders finished third in the voting after a late season surge gave him a league leading five ejections, but with only one flagrant foul, he never stood a chance.

After receiving the award, Cousins thanked Coach Keith Smart for allowing him the freedom to make a complete fool of himself this season and his teammates for never holding him accountable.  

The NBA is also introducing the Knucklehead of the Year award, given to the player with the most inexplicable and entertaining bloopers.  Much like the MVP race is expected to be, the voting for KOTY wasn't close with Denver's Javale McGee winning in a landslide.  

Here is a taste of what the voters saw from the 2012-13 campaign.

Other nominees included Kendrick Perkins for leading a fast break, passing the ball to a referee who was running with him on the wing, and then apparently yelling at the ref for tricking him and Metta World Peace for his overall 2012-13 performance.  Despite this season's competition, McGee's effortless comedy was simply too much for the rest of the league to handle and he is the favorite going into next year to repeat.

After years of being unofficially recognized as the dominant NBA clown, this award solidifies McGee's place with the all-time greats.  Here are some of his career highlights for your viewing pleasure:

The Dennis Rodman style award is also being introduced this season to honor the most unique clothing choices in the association.  The iconic player-turned-diplomat set the bar high for NBA fashion with his multi-colored hair, eye-catching piercings, and memorable post-game attire that current stars can only hope to match.

Compared to Rodman, today's NBA stars are tame.  They rarely wear feather boas but they still enjoy experimenting with style and stretching the limits of acceptable attire.  This year, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been honored with the Rodman award for his variety of tastes and willingness to utilize a man purse.

He has sported bizarre button up shirts and pants so tight they don't leave much up to the imagination, but this metallic number really gave him the edge this season.

This award saw some of the fiercest competition, with Nick Young finishing second in the voting and various NBA hipsters vying for the honor.  

Young, who claims to be the best dressed man in the NBA, surely has the confidence to pull off anything, but confidence is not the same thing as ability.  Regardless, the man deserves recognition for his choices and America's basketball writers clearly noticed Young's contribution to NBA fashion in 2013.

The last of the four awards introduced today was the Flop of the Year.  Over the last few decades, with the influx of European stars, the NBA has produced some of the worlds great flop artists.  This season, the league's top point guard and a man widely considered the best leader in the NBA, Chris Paul, has been recognized for outstanding work in the field of floppery.

His tour de force:

Notice the arm flail and grunt.  Just beautiful.  What leadership.

Danillo Gallinari put his name into contention for the award with this gem:

and Cavs guard Donald Sloan finished third in the voting thanks to this flop, which earned extra points for actually having some physical contact:

Stay tuned for more new NBA awards throughout the playoffs.
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