I got together with the D-League blogosphere (myself, Jon L and Mike Gansey from Ridiculous Upside, Steve Weinman from D-League Digest and Matt Hubert from Blog Talk BayHawk) a while back to discuss the best in the D-League from the regular season. What'd we talk about? Well, all sorts of things pertaining to the D-League.
In the end, though, we decided to give out the same awards that the D-League coaches vote on: Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Impact Player of the Year and Coach of the Year - as well as our own All-D-League teams.
Unfortunately, I got distracted in posting these on time because, you know, there were actual exciting things going on - and thus no need for filler posts. This afternoon the D-League announced the All-D-League teams, though, so I guess we better get running on this once again!
First, the D-League Blogosphere's selection (because we had a lot less "Honorable Mentions"):
2009-10 D-LEAGUE BLOGOSPHERE ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE FIRST TEAM
G - Curtis Stinson
G - Reggie Williams
F - Mike Harris
C - Dwayne Jones
2009-10 D-LEAGUE BLOGOSPHERE ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE SECOND TEAM
G - Will Conroy
G - Morris Almond
F - Carlos Powell
F - Rob Kurz
C - Earl Barron
2009-10 D-LEAGUE BLOGOSPHERE ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE THIRD TEAM
G - Mustafa Shakur
G - Alonzo Gee
F - Cartier Martin
F - Larry Owens
C - Rod Benson
2009-10 D-LEAGUE BLOGOSPHERE ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT HONORABLE MENTION
(This is just a list of guys that received votes, but not enough to make the top three lists)
And now for the official Awards compared to our selection in parentheses - basically, who do we/they underrate/overrate:
2009-10 GATORADE ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE FIRST TEAM
G - Curtis Stinson (same)
G - Reggie Williams (same)
F - Mike Harris (same)
F - Cartier Martin (third)
C - Dwayne Jones (same)
2009-10 GATORADE ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE SECOND TEAM
G - Will Conroy (same)
G - Mustafa Shakur (third, we tried keeping position friendly, though)
F - Alonzo Gee (third)
F - Rob Kurz (same)
C - Brian Butch (Honorable Mention)
2009-10 GATORADE ALL-NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE THIRD TEAM
G - Antonio Anderson (n/a)
G - Curtis Jerrells (Honorable Mention - once again, position friendliness probably limited his votes)
F - Larry Owens (same)
F - Alade Aminu (n/a)
C - Earl Barron (second)
Honorable Mention: Morris Almond (second), Desmon Farmer (n/a), Orien Greene (same), Cedric Jackson (n/a), Coby Karl (same), Keith McLeod (n/a), Garrett Temple (n/a), Romel Beck (same), Rod Benson (third), Bennett Davis (n/a), Trey Gilder (n/a), Donell Taylor (same), John Bryant (same), Byron Mullens (n/a) and Greg Stiemsma (same).
What can we learn from that?
- Well, first, the D-League apparently undervalued Alexander Johnson: we had him as a first team selection, but he wasn't even an honorable mention in their rankings. Must be something I'm missing - though no mention of game minimums in the press relelase.
- The rest of the first team was unanimous - score one for us.
- We overrated Mo Almond and Earl Barron. I could have guessed about Almond, but am surprised we actually valued Barron more than the D-League coaches did.
- They like Brian Butch more than we do. I would for someone to explain his appeal.
- Carlos Powell wasn't named on the D-League's list. I assume maybe they disqualified him for leaving early? That'd also leave explain the absence of Romel Beck and Diamon Simpson.
- Antonio Anderson and Alade Aminu are the only two that showed up on their list without getting a mention on ours. I can see the appeal of Anderson, but don't think there's any way you can slice it that Aminu was in the top six forwards in the league.
- Desmon Farmer fans are probably going to be upset. He finished as the fourth highest scorer in the D-League and only got honorable mention status.