Hopefully those on the Heisman Trophy board won't mind if I share my vote for this season's NBA awards.
The voting deadline is Thursday at 2 p.m., the day after the regular season ends. I pressed “SEND” on my ballot Saturday and you will find the results on this page.
As is usually the case, some decisions were easy and others were not.
The toughest decision was for Sixth Man of the Year. What was a no-brainer last season with the Thunder's James Harden, could have a half-dozen players receive first-place votes this year.
My top three were New York's J.R. Smith, Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver's Andre Miller.
My trio just as easily could have been Golden State's Jarrett Jack, the Thunder's Kevin Martin and Milwaukee's J.J. Redick … or Miami's Ray Allen … or Dallas' Vince Carter … or Sacramento's Marcus Thornton … or San Antonio's Manu Ginobili.
The Nuggets have three Sixth Man candidates in Miller, Wilson Chandler and Corey Brewer.
The second-most difficult decision came with Coach of the Year. My ballot listed Denver's George Karl, New York's Mike Woodson and Golden State's Mark Jackson.
Can't remember the last time I didn't vote for San Antonio's Gregg Popovich. Indiana's Frank Vogel also is worthy, as is Chicago's Tom Thibodeau. Houston's Kevin McHale has the Rockets in the playoffs and got a helping hand from assistant Kelvin Sampson after McHale's 23-year-old daughter, Sasha, died of complications from lupus on Nov. 24.
Miami's Erik Spoelstra and the Thunder's Scott Brooks were in last year's NBA Finals and are favored to get back there again, so they must be doing something right. Brooklyn's P.J. Carlesimo has gone 33-18 since taking over the 14-14 Nets. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins endured a salary dump from his ownership group and appears headed for the homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers won their first division title ever – including their days in Buffalo – but no one seems particularly enamored with coach Vinny Del Negro.
That's, what, a dozen coaching candidates?
There are so many worthy possibilities out there we could throw together an all-injured team with Chicago's Derrick Rose and Boston's Rajon Rondo at the guards, Indiana's Danny Granger and Minnesota's Kevin Love at the forwards and Philadelphia's Andrew Bynum at center.