This NBA offseason wasn’t anymore quiet than usual, as there was a lot of activity across the league. Players continued to be overpaid, Dwight Howard hasn’t been traded yet, and Jeremy Lin made headlines. Seems like this offseason wasn’t a surprise after all. With most teams finished building their teams for next season, it’s time to give out the awards for the 2012 NBA Offseason.
Team That Has No Idea What It’s Doing: Houston Rockets
If you look at the Rockets’ roster, you will see that they currently have 9 power forwards.They are so extremely overloaded at power forward that they have very minimal depth at every other position. Not only that, but they have unofficially made Jeremy Lin their franchise player, a guy with 26 games of experience who was let go for Portland’s former Pillsbury Doughboy, Raymond Felton. General Manager Daryl Morey has put together a team to be traded in hopes to exchange for one season of Dwight Howard.
Team Who Made Their Fans the Angriest: New York Knicks
No owner is more hated in sports than James Dolan, and for good reason. Dolan always tends to make the wrong decisions when he gets involved, and even Knicks fans thought he couldn’t be stupid enough not to match any offer for Lin. And sure enough, the same man who had zero reluctance towards paying Jerome James, Eddy Curry, and Jared Jeffries big contracts, thought Jeremy Lin cost too much money. What appeared to be the easiest decision James Dolan has had to face his whole career, turned out be another move by Knicks ownership that has drove their fans crazy.
Team Whose Transactions Made the Least Sense: Philadelphia 76ers
After overachieving last year, the Philadelphia 76ers’ idea of improving from a playoff season is amnestying their starting power-forward, replacing their leading scorer with Nick Young, and deciding to draft a player with limited scoring ability to fix their issues on offense. In addition to those very questionable moves, they decided to sign Kwame Brown, which makes absolutely no sense. I know Stephen A. Smith agrees.
Team Who You Thought Couldn’t Get Any Better, But Did: Miami Heat
The Miami Heat’s offseason couldn’t have been any better. They steal Ray Allen away from their biggest rival and sign Rashard Lewis to the minimum, while only losing Ronny Turiaf, who made absolutely no impact. With Lebron and D-Wade demanding double teams, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers would always be open from deep, making it impossible for teams to defend them on the perimeter. After adding two more three-point shooting threats, including the greatest of all-time, it’s only going to be tougher. Right now, Eddy Curry and the Miami Heat look like the clear favorites to win the title again.
Team Who Won’t Look Any Different Next Season: San Antonio Spurs
This award speaks for itself. With no cap space or 1st round pick, Popovich and company had little room to make improvements. So instead, they decided to keep their core, which led them to the 1st seed of the playoffs last year. Unfortunately for them, their big three isn’t getting any younger, and the Spurs’ championship window is closing. Heading into the 2013 season, I would not only rank OKC ahead of San Antonio, but the Clippers and Lakers as well, two teams who made great improvements.