Damnies can be won for being really good (right) or really bad (left).
You didn’t think we’d let the season end without wrapping it up with everyone’s favorite award show, did you? That’s right: The Damnies are back. Damn Lies & Statistics had its best season ever, and we thank all of you for checking us out. What the future holds no one knows, but what we do know is that we can’t quite afford to rent out a theater, hire hundreds of seat fillers, and hold an actual awards show just yet. Dare to dream, and dream we do here at Damn Lies & Statistics. We dream of a world where fantasy basketball takes on the import of a major Hollywood production featuring ornate dance numbers and Tom Lorenzo being lowered from the rafters in a giant egg.
We’re working on it, friend. Until then, enjoy our version of the 2010-11 fantasy basketball awards, The Damnies.
Tom Lorenzo: I wanted to give Kevin Love my vote, based on the fact that he was drafted in 5th round in most leagues and finished the season in the Top 5. I really did. But, my fingers started to burn as I was typing Love’s name. Refreshingly, they started to cool down once I typed the words “Kevin” and “Durant.” The league’s top-overall player lived up to his top billing. He was, and will continue to be the top player in fantasy basketball for many years to come. Sorry LBJ! (Note: Lyndon B. Johnson was a notorious hater of Kevin Durant.)
Greg Fox: With all due respect to the Love Machine, I think there was a groundswell for the country bumpkin being drafted in the late 2nd/early 3rd round. Even with that being the case, he deserves strong consideration. But for my buck fifty, LaMarcus Aldridge is the man. Taken anywhere from No. 60-80 in most leagues, Aldridge got himself in tremendous physical shape and refined his game to become one of the best power forwards in the league. Oh, and Brandon Roy going down didn’t hurt. As Aldridge’s 21.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals attest, i think this is a pretty solid choice.
Jeff Andriesse: In early March Love was a lock for this award, but I’m also pulling the rug out from under him due to his injury during a crucial time of the year. Demerits for that. Had to be done. So who should win it? To me, the fantasy MVP is also the likely real MVP, Derrick Rose. Love just went out and did what we all knew he would do if Kurt Rambis just gave him the minutes. Rose went out and did what we weren’t sure he could do, and surpassed our wildest expectations. We asked him to hit threes, and he averaged 1.6 a game. He upped his steals to 1.1. He shot 85.8 percent from the line on an average of 6.9 attempts. He improved his assists from 6.0 to 7.7. Derrick, you earned this Damny (or is it one third of a Damny? I have no idea). Continue reading