Every year, awards are given to the top NBA players for their performance throughout the season. Receiving one of these awards is a great honor for NBA players. It’s more than just a trophy for them, its a milestone in their career and helps to solidify their legacy in the history books. Players have to do some incredible things on the court to receive one of these trophies, but today with a few tweaks to the traditional NBA awards, we recognize them for their best performances on the internet.
Rookie of the Year – Reply of the Year
Normally the NBA gives the Rookie of the Year award to the most outstanding first-year player, but I chose to honor the best Reply of the Year. Now, Kevin Durant’s name is obviously going to come up whenever you talk about the NBA and twitter. He’s been thoroughly put on blast for his twitter game, but he shot off two of the best twitter replies in the history of this great nation. KD’s pettiness stays undefeated, and for that he receives the Reply of the Year Award
Most Improved Player – Most Improved Post
This award goes to the best improvement of an otherwise wack post. And once again, in this category pettiness is key! Now this tweet is a throwback, but it is far too good to pass up and the timing is very important… This tweet came two years after the infamous marriage between Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian ended and only a few days after it was announced that Kim and Kanye west were expecting their first child.
Frankly, I think this tweet should be hanging in the Madison Square Garden rafters. I know J.R. has won an NBA championship, but I still think this may have been his most impressive performance.
Coach of the Year – Comment of the Year
Joel Embiid is one of the most entertaining players on the hardwood. He can hit from deep, he’s incredibly quick for his size, and his dunks bring could make Thor wonder who the real God of thunder is. But, he just might be even more entertaining off the court. Embiid is not afraid of anything or of what anyone thinks of him (except for maybe Rhianna). The 23 year old from Cameroon wins the comment of the year award for this one-liner on Chandler Parson’s Instagram post.
The Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is given to a player or coach who has spent their life as an ambassador of the sport. Past winners include Jerry Sloan, Pat Riley, and most recently Bill Russel. This honor comes only after an accumulation of exemplary behavior and respectability throughout a lifetime. Today this award goes to a man who has been entertaining us, confusing us, and sometimes scaring us…. the one and only Metta World Peace. The legend has been providing twitter with some of its weirdest tweets for years now and it’s about time he gets his trophy.
Teammate of the Year
This award will go to the team with the best official organization account. Most of the time these official team accounts are used only for promoting games, sharing team photo shoots, and selling merchandise. But every once in a while a beautiful thing happens…..The team hires a millennial to run the twitter account. Nothing is more fun than watching these account managers push the limits on how savage and petty they can be without getting fired. They are a watering hole for all of us thirsty to read subliminal jabs, backhanded compliments, and pure pristine pettiness. And nobody does it better than the Sacramento Kings.
MVP – Most Valuable Post
The term “most valuable” can be interpreted in a few different ways. For instance, the player who wins MVP isn’t always the best player in the league. It’s fair to say that Lebron has been the best player in the world for the last five years, but he doesn’t win MVP every year. This award goes to the player who has made the biggest positive impact on his team, or in other words the player who stands out the most. It’s the same way with the most valuable post award, the player with the tweet that made the biggest impact should win. While J.R. had some of the funniest tweets, Embiid had the best IDGAF tweets, and KD had the pettiest, but ultimately the MVP award goes to Lebron James for this tweet heard around the world:
Now this tweet is important for a number of reasons. First off this is Lebron standing up for Steph Curry, as in the guy who just beat him in the finals Steph Curry. The Steph Curry who made fun of his work out videos with Cleveland’s newest traitor Kyrie Irving at a wedding. Lebron might claim that there isn’t a rivalry between him and Curry and the rest of the warriors, but I don’t think anyone is buying it. The fact that Lebron would put aside all of that and stick his neck out for Steph is admirable. The tweet is up to 1.5 million likes and counting, with over 600K retweets and 50k replies. The King adds another trophy to his mantel.