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Ian Thomsen
April 17, 2006
SI's End of Season Awards
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April 17, 2006

The Nba

SI's End of Season Awards

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Y2K AWARD
The players' dress code Remember the preseason firestorm about their having to wear suits or sports jackets on game days? The controversy vanished as the young millionaires predictably reveled in dressing fashionably.

SILVER LINING AWARD
Pacers
Ron Artest's petulant behavior laid waste to yet another season of high hopes in Indy, but his January trade to the Kings for Peja Stojakovic did open the door for rookie Danny Granger. A steal at the No. 17 pick, the 6'9" Granger (7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game) brought some of Artest's tenacity and a much needed shooter to replace Reggie Miller.

LEAD BALLOON AWARD
Magic
Orlando used the No. 11 pick to draft Fran Vazquez, who refused to emigrate from the Spanish club Malaga, setting the Magic up for a return trip to the lottery.

BEST TRADE
Magic
In February, Orlando picked up Darko Milicic, the second pick in the 2003 draft, and Carlos Arroyo from the Pistons for center Kelvin Cato. Milicic's perimeter shooting has been a nice complement to the post play of Dwight Howard, and he is averaging 4.96 blocks per 48 minutes with the Magic.

WORST TRADE
Timberwolves
Minnesota has lost roughly two of every three games since sending Wally Szczerbiak to the Celtics in a seven-player deal that netted Ricky Davis, Marcus Banks, Mark Blount and Justin Reed. None of them will be strong selling points for Kevin Garnett when he weighs whether or not to stay in the Twin Cities.

DUMB LUCK AWARD
Cavaliers
If he hadn't backed out, Larry Brown would be president of the Cavs. Based on the horrible job he's done as the Knicks' coach, Cleveland should consider itself the luckiest franchise on the face of the earth to have Danny Ferry running things instead.

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