With six games remaining in the New York Knicks season and the NBA regular season winding down to its final days, the award races are coming to an end. With that being said, the Knicks have a few people on their payroll that could win some 2013 NBA Awards.
With the Knicks being the hottest team in the league, these people have the spotlight on them at the right time since they will be fresh in the voters’ minds. Those who are in contention for potential honors of course are Carmelo Anthony (MVP), J.R. Smith (Sixth Man of the Year, and Mike Woodson (Coach of the Year).
I’ll start with who I think is most likely to win an award this season and that is Mike Woodson. Not many coaches have had to deal with the constant problems this season like Woodson has. There hasn’t been a point in the season where the Knicks have been 100 percent healthy. Amar’e Stoudemire has obviously missed more than half the season, so Woodson didn’t have one of his better players for a good portion of the year.
The only player who has played every game of the season so far is one of Woodson’s favorite players, J.R. Smith. The Knicks’ franchise player, Carmelo Anthony, has missed 13 games and their defensive leader Tyson Chandler has missed 10 games. Raymond Felton was unavailable earlier in the season, missing 12 games, and Iman Shumpert missed a good chunk of the beginning of the season, only playing in 39 games. Marcus Camby has rarely been available (24 games played) and Rasheed Wallace has been equally effective, only playing in 20 games.
I’m not giving Woodson Coach of the Year based on injuries, but the man had a lot on his plate this season and he led the Knicks to their first 50 win season in over a decade. As soon as lineups and rotations started to gel and look good, another injury occurred and he had to make more and more adjustments. It’s pretty remarkable he has the Knicks looking at a two seed in the East despite all their injuries.
Woodson has not only been successful in New York, but he has changed the culture. The Knicks were laughable on the defensive side of the court before he took the reigns and now they can hold their own. Woodson is 68-32 with the Knicks and deserves the award this season.
Did I mention he has the sweetest goatee known to man?