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.
Worst supporting actor goes to…Gabe Ikard
…For his stunning portrayal of Spike Lee, the OKC version. The OU center and former Bishop McGuinness star sat courtside for the Valentine’s Day game against Miami and decided to verbally taunt LeBron. The result? Fail to the highest degree. Read about and watch what happened here.
Biggest villain goes to…Rocky the Denver Mascot
…For his continued battle with Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who admittedly started the beef by swatting Rocky’s half court shot a couple times during an in-game timeout in January. But Rocky clearly extended the rivalry with harsh looks, extended theatrics and some shirtless glares.
Quote of the year goes to…Zach Randolph
…For his strange explanation of an early-season altercation with Kendrick Perkins in the tunnels of Chesapeake Energy Arena, which included heavy usage of the words ‘bluffing’. Randolph clearly isn’t a fan of the practice (whatever it is) and doesn’t seem fond of anyone that would do it, but then later says he’s from ‘bluff city’. I’m confused.
“There’s a lot of bluffin’ going on the court, that’s all, you know. And I don’t bluff.” -Randolph, the day it happened
“And I went through the doors. But it was a lesson learned. It won’t happen again. I ain’t gonna lose no $25,000 again. I’m done with all that bluffing on the court, because them guys do a lot of bluffing. I’m from the bluff city. We don’t do no bluffing, man.” -Randolph, days later
Story of the year goes to…the halfcourt heave to beat cancer
…For this amazing tale, of a guy (Heath Kufahl) who won $20,000 on a half court shot at the Thunder game, which was expected to help pay for his wife’s battle for cancer.
Outfit of the year goes to…Russell Westbrook
…For his continued and very generous submissions into this category. Many would expect the Capris or shiny vest/man purse look to take this one, but I’m going with the leopard shirt in an upset, mainly snapped at Craig Sager with a, ‘If that’s what you say, bruh!’ while wearing it.
Still image of the year goes to…the Perk Pose
…For inspiring awful jump shooters everywhere to leave that hand up as long as possible, strike the Perk Pose and maybe that line drive might shoot right in.
Play of the year goes to…Kevin Durant
…For his best Dr. J impersonation. I’ll let this (incomprehensible) layup make its own case.