Originally Posted by Bill Haverchuck
I agree. However, as I mentioned above, I think Bird's done a great job over the past 3 seasons building up to this breakthrough season for the Pacers. I think some of the knowledgeable voters might have taken that in account. Bird deserves recognition for his past work; this was the opportunity to give it to him.
I think that's what makes this award so hard. Do you reward a guy like Olshey who went all in this summer and turned that team around, a guy like Bird who has spend 3-4 years building a team, or a guy like Buford who has continually found diamonds in the late draft and free agent graveyard?
The fact the Spurs haven't had a top 20 pick in a decade or big FA signings and yet win 50+ every year is amazing.