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How I voted

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm •  Published: April 18, 2007

Since today is the last day of the regular season, I thought I’d share my postseason awards ballot. This will be my second year voting, and for the second year in a row I’ve found it to be more of a chore than an honor. The actual process is quick and easy. The NBA e-mails you a document that already has the awards separated by category with the spaces for you to type in your vote. Then you e-mail it back. Simple.

But I’ve stressed over my votes these last two years because there is always someone deserving that ends up left out. For example, they ask you for your top five picks for MVP. Well, my last slot came down to Tim Duncan and LeBron James. Both are deserving. Both mean everything to their teams. After going back and forth for days, I ultimately picked Duncan over James.

With all that said, here’s how I voted. I welcome your feedback. Let me know your gripes on my slights, snubs and screw ups.

T-Mobile Rookie of the Year:
1. Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers
2. Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
3. Adam Morrison, Charlotte Bobcats

NBA Coach of the Year:
1. Avery Johnson, Dallas Mavericks
2. Sam Mitchell, Toronto Raptors
3. Mike D’Antoni, Phoenix Suns

NBA Defensive Player of the Year:
1. Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets
2. Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs
3. Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns

All-NBA First Team
F Dirk Nowitzki
F Tim Duncan
C Yao Ming
G Kobe Bryant
G Steve Nash

All-NBA Second Team
F LeBron James
F Kevin Garnett
C Chris Bosh
G Tracy McGrady
G Gilbert Arenas

All-NBA Third Team
F Carlos Boozer
F Carmelo Anthony
C Amare Stoudemire
G Dwyane Wade
G Allen Iverson

NBA Sixth Man:
1. Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns
2. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
3. Jerry Stackhouse, Dallas Mavericks

NBA Most Valuable Player:
1. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
2. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
3. Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
4. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
5. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

NBA Most Improved Player:
1. Kevin Martin, Sacramento Kings
2. Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors
3. Tyson Chandler, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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