In the beginning of the season we started off by saying things like....
"It's a process"
"We have a young team"
"At least we got Amar'e"
"Felton is pretty good"
"Gallo is improving, if he can get tougher we can be real good"
"Since we can't resign him - When is Chandler going to be traded?"
"Who the hell is Landry Fields?"
"If Azubuikee can get healthy the David Lee trade won't look so one sided"
"Let's hold out and not trade our whole team for Carmelo Anthony so we can get him for nothing in the offseason"
Fast forward past the Knicks slow start, then the emergence of the Felton/Amar'e pick and roll, then winning 13 out of 14 in November-December, then fast forward past the 'Melo drama, then fast forward passed the over reacting of the slow start with all the new faces, then fast forward passed the new team finally getting it together by winning 7 straight - in order to lock up the 6th seed....wow I'm tired writing about this....what a crazy but memorable season...
Here are my 2010-2011 End of Season Awards for the New York Knickerbockers....
Walt Frazier Award (MVP)
Amar'e Stoudemire - 25.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.9 bpg(I thought the haters said he couldn't block shots?), and .9 spg
A lot of people have been saying that now that Carmelo Anthony is here that this is Melo's team. However, if it wasn't for Amar'e taking on the challenge of trying to turn around a dreadful organization by proclaiming "The Knicks are back" then Carmelo probably never ends up here. Amar'e's "MVP" chants at the foul line have died down a little bit since the beginning of the season but I'm sure he'll trade a potential MVP trophy for an NBA championship any day....that's what makes him team MVP.
Patrick Ewing Award (Offensive Player)
Carmelo Anthony - 25.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, .9 spg, .6 bpg, and has been shooting 42% from 3 as a Knick
When the Carmelo era started off slow everybody was so quick to shoot jabs at Melo. Haters were saying things like, "Marbury 2" "He can't play d" "He doesn't try." One thing people didn't say was that Melo couldn't flat out score.....on anybody....averaging 26.3 ppg as a Knick.
Defense is an effort thing with Melo and come playoff time he will leave it all out on the floor....you can bet on that...this is why he came here (for example: Blocking Danny Granger to end the game on April 10th to seal the victory...Melo had 2 steals and 3 blocks in that game..he can play d).
One thing is for sure is that Carmelo Anthony will average 25-30 ppg in the Boston series.
Willis Reed Award (Team Leader)
Tie - Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups
The Knicks big 3 or big 2 1/2 are all leaders for this team. I can not pick one of those three because they are all equally important and equally vocal out on the court. However, I was leaning towards Amar'e just because he's been there throughout the season but I just could not leave out Melo and a former Finals MVP.
Charles Oakley Award (Most Heart)
Chauncey Billups - 16.8 ppg, 5.4 apg, 2.6 rpg, 1 spg, 40% from three and 91% from the line.
Right off the bat Mr. Big Shot started off fantastic hitting big shots and just showing the world that he was no "throw in." Then came the Magic game on March 1, 2011. During that game Jameer Nelson was filling it up just running circles around the Knicks scoring 26 points in that game. Then on one play Jameer went up for a jumper and came down on Billups' foot - twisting his ankle and taking him out of the game. Then coincidence or not (you decide) a few plays later Dwight Howard levels Billups on a clean pick and bangs knees with Chauncey knocking him out of the next few games....ouch.
How does Billups respond? He responds by helping out with the young gunner Toney Douglas and helping Douglas improve his game dramatically.
Then when Billups finally came back he clearly wasn't healthy at first and he was being killed by impatient fans and beat writers. How does he respond to that? He responds by leading the Knicks to a 7 game winning streak down the stretch and looking like the Billups from his Detroit days....moral of the story - Billups is all heart.
Anthony Mason Award (Most Improved Player)
Shawne Williams - 7.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 40% from 3, and 83% from the line.
If you haven't been following the Knicks this season you look at this and say, "7.1 ppg and that's and he's most improved player?" In order to understand why Williams is the most improved player on the Knicks roster you have to understand what he has gone through over the past few years. Even though most of his off the court issues were self inflicted, it is still not easy what he had to endure. Shawne was arrested twice...oh and not to mention his brother was murdered.....honestly....that would mess anybody's head up.
Shawne showed up at the beginning of the year and everybody was upset that he took the roster spot away from Patrick Ewing Jr. However, after a solid season as a roll player - knocking down open 3s and knocking out Marvin Williams, I am proud to have him as a part of my beloved Knicks.
John Starks Award (Unexpected Surprise)
Landry Fields - 9.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1 spg, 1.9 apg
During the 2010 NBA Draft the New York Knicks had two picks in a row in the second round. One player I thought they were going to draft was Brooklyn born Lance Stephenson....man was I wrong....I guess the Knicks are done with players from Lincoln High School?
Instead the Knicks chose up state New York legend Andy Rautins and then they selected the unknown man out of Stanford - Landry Fields....all Knick fans let out a collective "who the F%$# is that?"
Little did we know but the really funny Andy and Landry Show was born...but more importantly....the starting 2 guard of the Knicks had been drafted.
Landry Field wowed fans with his amazing tip-dunks, his great rebounding skills and his great hustle. The REAL Rookie of the Year in the whole NBA is Landry Fields...not the super freshman Blake Griffin...
Jerome James Award (Waste of Space)
Jared Jeffries - 1.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .9 apg, .7 spg, .4 bpg, 34% from the field
A two time winner of this award.....
He can't play d as good as his biggest supports say, he can't shoot, he can't catch a pass, he can't run with out looking lost, all he can do is take a charge from time to time....sounds like a starting center....can I get a Borat "NOOOOT!!"
Hopefully I am wrong but mark my words...if Jared Jeffries is given big minutes down the stretch of playoff games he will blow a game or 2...
Please start Sheldon Williams and bring Ronny Turiaf off the bench at least they both have high basketball IQ's.
That is all folks for the 2010-2011 End of (Regular)Season Awards.....can you believe it we have more games to play.....
also if the Celtics have no Shaq and a hurt Rondo then who knows what can happen in this first round...LET'S GOOOOOO!!!