2013 NBA Anti-Awards: Mid-Season Review
Rolling into the All-Star break of this wild season it’s time to check in on the favorites for The NBA Anti-Awards. These awards (playfully) recognize some of the most miserable and discouraging achievements in basketball. Check the archives to view past winners
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. Things are far from settled, but here’s how they stand right now:
The Shawn Bradley Award – This award goes to the player 6’10″ or taller who has had the highest percentage of his own shot attempts blocked (minimum 300 minutes played).
Ronny Turiaf is the surprise front-runner heading into the All-Star break, with 19.2% of shot attempts having been blocked by his opponents. Turiaf put together a strong run at this award last season as well, finishing with 16.7% of his shots getting blocked in limited minutes with the Heat. What’s really unique about Turiaf is that having his shot rejected is a trait he picked up later in his career. Through his first five full seasons he never had more than 10.8% of his shots blocked. Over the past two seasons 18.0% of shots have been sent back. All that work looks like it could pay off as he’s built a healthy lead. His next closest competitor is Hasheem Thabeet, coming in at just 14.9%.
The Shawn Kemp Award – This award goes to the player who has fouled out of the most games. From 1986 up through the present, Shawn Kemp is the NBA’s leader in foul outs with 115, 35 more than his next closest competitor.
Heading into the All-Star break the leader in this category is Jared Sullinger, who has already fouled out 8 times in just 45 games. Sullinger has a wide lead over Amir Johnson, who has fouled out five times, and Dwight Howard, Kosta Koufos, Metta World Peace and Tyler Zeller, who have all fouled out four times. Unfortunately, Sullinger’s season is over after undergoing back surgery. He put in considerable work early in the season and he’ll have to hope the three game margin he’s built is enough of a cushion to hold off this slew of hungry competitors.
The Jahidi White Award – This award goes to the player with the lowest ratio of Ast/FGA (minimum 300 minutes played). The award is named for White who assisted on just 1.7% of his teammates’ baskets over a 334 game career.
At this point we have a three-way tie between JaVale McGee, Amare Stoudemire and Derrick Williams, all with an Ast/FGA ratio of 0.05. Of that group McGee would seem to have the edge as he’s almost exclusively a finisher on offense, where Stoudemire and Williams both spend more time handling the ball in the post and on the perimeter. However, we can’t hand the award to McGee just yet. Last year’s winner, Serge Ibaka, sits at 0.06 along with DeAndre Jordan, Brook Lopez and Cartier Martin. This one should go right down to the wire.
The Darrick Martin Award - This award goes to the player with the lowest FG% and a minimum of 150 attempts. The award is named for Darrick Martin, a career 38.2% shooter who played 514 games over 13 NBA seasons.
This is also close, close race and could come down to the final minutes of the regular season. Early on it looked like Warriors rookie, Draymond Green, had this one locked up, but shots have started falling for him and he’s faded back into the pack. Austin Rivers has seen no such positive regression and currently sits in 2nd place, shooting just 34.7%. However, the Indiana Pacers’ pair of highly-touted offseason additions are in the driver’s seat.. In third place is Gerald Green, with a FG% of 34.8%. In first place is D.J. Augustin shooting just 33.7%. Both players are asked to create offense when they’re on the floor and there will be plenty of opportunities to keep misfiring.
The Jason Kidd Award – This award goes to the player with the most turnovers in a single game. Jason Kidd has had a Hall of Fame career with many terrific positive statistical contributions. He’s also had 3 career games with more than 12 turnovers.
Kobe Bryant currently stands atop this pedestal, with his 10 turnover game against Indiana on November 27th. However, it’s too early to call at this point with 11 other players having put up 8 or more turnovers in a single game this season. If Kobe’s not the guy, keep your eye on O.J. Mayo, Jrue Holiday and Russell Westbrook who have all had multiple 8+ turnover games this season. Another dark horse might be Jeremy Lin, although it would probably take a missed game by James Harden for him to handle the ball enough to make it happen.
The Matt Bullard Award – This award goes to the player 6’10″ or taller with the lowest Total Rebound Percentage. (Minimum 300 minutes)
Last year’s winner, Steve Novak is out in front again, nabbing just 4.9% of the available rebounds when he’s on the floor. To put that in context, there are 40 players in the league who stand 6’3″ or shorter, with a higher total rebound percentage than Novak. With 89 total rebounds in just over 1000 minutes, it takes Novak an average of just under 12 minutes to corral a single carom. I know I’m ragging on a perimeter shooting specialist, and that height is largely irrelevant to what he does on the basketball court. But I also know I’ve seen him playing defense below the free throw line at least once or twice. It seems like random luck alone would lead to a higher rebound percentage than Novak’s. Regardless, someone will have to put forth a superhuman effort to unseat him.
The Kobe Bryant Award – This award goes to the player who has missed the most shot attempts in a single game. The award is inspired by Kobe’s performance in Game 7 of the 09-10 Finals.
There’s a reason this is called the Kobe Bryant award. So far this season he holds the top spot, having missed a staggering 25 shots, during a 16 of 41 effort against the Warriors on December 22nd. He also holds the second spot with 22 misses against the Raptors on January 20th. Next comes 21 misses by Raymond Felton, and in fourth we again find Kobe with 20 misses against the Wizards on December 14th. Kobe has talked publicly about the possibility of retirement in the near future, but it doesn’t look like he’s ready to hand over the crown in this category just yet.
The Nick Anderson Award - This award goes to the player who missed the most free throws in a single game. Anderson was actually a decent free throw shooter. But his four missed free throw attempts in the 1995 Finals against Houston kind of stand out in my memory.
Dwight Howard, 12 missed free throws, December 2nd. Dwight Howard, 12 missed free throws, November 20th. Dwight Howard, 9 missed free throws, December 11th. Dwight Howard, 8 missed free throws, December 4th. Shall I go on?
The Chris Childs Award – This award goes to the player who has posted the highest Turnover Percentage so far this season. It’s named after former New York Knick Chris Childs, who retired with a career Turnover Percentage of 22.8%. (Minimum 300 minutes)
Amazingly, both of Utah’s primary point guards, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley, rank in the top four, having turned the ball over on 31.9% and 29.8% of their possessions respectively. But at this point the top spot is held by Andris Biedrins, who has turned the ball over on 36.3% of his possessions this season. In 388 minutes Biedrins has 13 turnovers and just 18 field goal attempts. Those are strong numbers, but there are plenty of players within striking distance, and not just those who play point guard for Utah. Hasheem Thabeet, Aaron Gray, Reggie Evans, Festus Ezeli, Nando De Colo, Pablo Prigioni and Jason Collins have all turned the ball over on at least 26.0% of their possessions.
The Andrea Bargnani Award (Formerly the Darius Songaila Award)– This award goes to the player who has provided his team with the least overall production. I use Wins Produced to determine the winner here. (Minimum 300 minutes)
In an early season surprise, the Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin is out in front of Bargnani, the award’s namesake. Through 1160 minutes Seraphin has contributed -3.7 wins to Washington’s cause. Compared to the per 48 minute stats of the average center, Seraphin scores more points, but provides fewer rebounds, assists, steals and blocks with more turnovers and personal fouls. He’s also below average in terms of shooting efficiency from the field and from the line, while averaging fewer free throw attempts than the average center. The only thing is, on a per minute basis Bargnani has actually been less effective. Serphain has the edge by virtue of his advantage in minutes played. If Bargnani can get healthy and increase his minutes down the stretch, this race could get awfully tight.