Last month, we doled out some Thunder awards for the end of the regular season, recapping an entertaining 2012-13 campaign.
And now, we're busting them back out for you, as a reminder that, despite the unceremonious postseason finish for OKC and its fans, there was plenty of fun times during the first 60-win season in Thunder Land.
Here they are:
Tweet of the year goes to….Stephen Jackson
…For his nearly indecipherable yet hilarious analysis of an early season scuffle between Ron Artest (er, Metta World Peace) and Serge Ibaka (er, serg Abaka). It was simple, grammatically terrible and awesome all at the same time. And it earned Jackson a $25,000 fine.
Blowup of the year goes to…(who else?)…Russell Westbrook
…For his strange sideline meltdown against the Grizzlies (with his team up 20+). Nationally, the significance was overblown. But it still provided for great in-game (and postgame) drama during the lulls of the season, producing enough intrigue to narrowly beat out a pair of locker room snaps at reporters for this award.
Stat line of the year goes to…Russell Westbrook
…For his wildly spectacular and erratic showing in a win over the Jazz on November 30th and a loss to Minnesota on December 20th. This pair of stacked box scores tells you all you need to know about the impact and potential downfalls of one of the league’s most exciting players.
Westbrook vs UTA – 6/18 shooting, 3/5 3FG, 8/10 FTs, 23 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 steals, 8 turnovers
Westbrook vs MIN – 9/28 shooting, 1/6 3FG, 11/13 FTs, 30 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 8 turnovers
Dunk of the year goes to…Kevin Durant
…For his annihilation of Suns center Marcin Gortat, with an assist (of terrible defense) to good friend Michael Beasley. There was a long list of candidates waiting in line for this award (from KD and Westbrook), but this one wins because of its ferocity, style and a solid Kendrick Perkins fist pump at the end.
Best supporting actor goes to…Kendrick Perkins
…For this nifty behind-the-back dime to Kobe Bryant. Never change, Perk the point guard.