Well, we’re back in business!
After a long hiatus, it’s time for a new post. And since the NBA season is not far off, this post will deal with the Scottish independence referendum. Or maybe we’ll deal with NBA awards. Yeah, let’s start with the NBA thingy and we’ll see how it goes. Maybe we’ll get to Scotland later on.
A lot of awards exist in the NBA. Most of them are given out yearly, so any information on them is readily available. However, the awards that I want to talk about are the not-yearly ones: NBA Player of the Month and NBA Player of the Week awards, or POM and POW as we shall call them from now on. I only hope there isn’t some porn-related acronym with the same letters.
I have a vivid memory of myself browsing the web several years ago, looking for information and statistics on those two awards. But alas, that was one of the rare times when the mighty internet failed me.
You want to know who won the most POM awards? Or the most POW awards? Is it Jordan? Well, fuck you! You ain’t getting this kind of information!
That’s what the internet told me back then. Honestly.
So, I started a project of my own. Back then, basketball-reference didn’t have any information about those two awards, so I had to gather my information from other websites, some of them dubious at best… Those were definitely the dark times.
Year by year I gathered the information, until I had all the data. At first the POM awards I had were from the start of the 1979-80 season, but the POW awards started from a couple of years later. That seemed reasonable to me, and I didn’t suspect anything. I mean – who knows, POM seems like a more prestigious award, maybe it’s logical that they started it earlier, like they started giving out MVP’s before the DPOY award.
But then I discovered some more POW lists in a different site, and they also started from 1979-80 (and inexplicably ended at the 1992-93 season K). Well, I did a little more digging, and eventually settled on that season as the beginning of these awards.
Years later, the lists for these awards found themselves on the BBR website, and also on a few others. But I like to do stuff old-school, and like “Los Pollos Hermanos”, I believe the old ways are the best (yo!). Therefore, I still keep tabs on them on my Excel and I like to rely on them. I update them with every week/month that passes in the NBA season, and it’s really fun doing it that way.
However, the most interesting aspect regarding those awards – how many times each player won each award, and who the hell are the all-time leaders – are not present on BBR or on some websites I checked. So, this will be the information I shall present here, for the convenience of everyone who is interested in this kind of weird shit like I am.
Like I mentioned before, the NBA apparently began handing out these awards starting from the 1979-80 season (unless you have some other information, for which I will be very grateful. Almost nothing saddens me more than some false sports statistics information). And, starting from the 2001-02 season, the NBA decided on separate POM and POW awards for the East and the West Conferences.
This is why the stats for those awards can truly reflect only the careers of the players from recent years. Well Michael, enough with the foreplay, let the lists begin!
One last thing: please, if you do see a mistake in these lists – let me know! Every time someone publishes incorrect sports statistics on the internet, an angel loses its wings. I definitely don’t want to be responsible for the extermination of angels, and I hope that you are too.
So, without Freddy Adu…
NBA Player of the Month Awards
Well, it’s clear who number one is, right? Well, not so fast… LeBron played his entire career in the “Two POM awards every month” era, while Kobe had a couple of great seasons before the award was split to East POM and West POM. But Michael played his ENTIRE CAREER (what do you mean “Wizards years”? Never heard of them) during the time when only one award was given out every month.
So what we can do is split LeBron’s number of awards in half, and we’ll get 13.5 awards, which is still great and gives him third place overall. However, this is probably not a fair calculation – LeBron is so dominant that he would probably earn more than half of his awards if they were given only once. I guess his total would have been around 17 as well. AND he still has a few great years in him, so in the end he’ll probably be first anyway.
And just to wonder what the picture might have been had they been handing out this award back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s… Wilt would probably have like 20-30. And Kareem too. Russell? Nah, he was never into stats anyway…
Anyway, it’s really hard to obtain a POM award. Only 92 managed to accomplish that in the 35 years it’s being handed out. It is much easier to earn a POW award! All you have to do is to have a stellar week, a streak of 3 excellent games. Let’s see how the list looks for that award…
NBA Player of the Week Awards
Well, the king rules here too! LeBron clearly leads the way, and even if we divide his number of awards in 2, he’ll still be nearly equal with Michael. No ambiguity here.
All in all, 287 different players won the award. About three times more than the POM number.
Have you noticed the Duncan anomaly? Timmy has 22 POW awards, which is reasonable for a great player like he is. That’s actually two more then Kevin Garnett’s total of 20. But look him up at the POM list: He has only 3!!! What in the name of all fucks?! Garnett has 9, which seems logical. But Timmy has only 3?! I’ll ask again – What the fuck happened there?!
Also – Steve Nash has only 3 POM awards! Do you get it? The dude has almost the same amount of MVP’s and POM awards! How the hell is that possible?!
An interesting game to play at your local bar would be to guess how many awards Wilt would have, had the POW award existed in his days…I think 60 is a fair guess.
And one more thing, it is interesting to look for players with more POW awards then POM. See if you can find them! Gotta catch them all!
Oh, I almost forgot – Scotland.