The NBA MVP Award race has gotten so unproductively heated that we at SBNation.com are rolling out our own special awards for the 2010-11 season. We begin today and will let them trickle out as the week moves along.
The Brick Squad honors those NBA players with a desire to shoot but little current ability to do so. We took a player from each position with the lowest effective field goal percentage; qualifying for the scoring title is the minimum shots and minutes standard. (And yes, we know most teams have two games left. You think 90 percent of the NBA's real awards voters haven't already faxed in their answers?)
Here is the Brick Squad first team:
- Guard: C.J. Watson, Bulls, .420 eFG%
- Guard: Gilbert Arenas, Wizards/Magic, .433 eFG%
- Forward: Travis Outlaw, Nets, .427 eFG%
- Forward: Jason Smith, Hornets, .433 eFG%
- Center: DeMarcus Cousins, Kings, .431 eFG%
Only one of these players takes a huge share of his team's shots, and you can guess who: Cousins, who has been laying bricks from October to April, with no hesitation. Watson is Chicago's bad shooter off the bench, and Arenas plays a similar role. Smith is both lightly used and reluctant to shoot. Outlaw is the only member of this list who signed a $35 million contract as a free agent last year, largely based on his ability to (you guessed it) shoot.
Here's the Brick Squad second team. Better luck next season, fellas.
- Guard: Evan Turner, Sixers, .436 eFG%
- Guard: Jarrett Jack, Raptors/Hornets, .435 eFG%
- Forward: Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers, .445 eFG%
- Forward: Glen Davis, Celtics, .447 eFG%
- Center: Johan Petro, Nets, .440 eFG%
That's right: Glen Davis is among the least efficient shooters in basketball. He also happens to be the only vital cog for a championship contender on either Brick Squad. (Watson likely won't play much in vital Bulls' playoff games.) Joining him on the second team are another Nets free agent pickup (Petro), a couple more rookies (Turner and Aminu) and Jack, who caught New Orleans' contagious brick-a-brac virus, probably from Jason Smith.
Stay tuned for more awards this week.