The NBA Oscars: Which Players and Teams Would Win in Academy Award Categories?
The NBA Academy Awards: Oscars for NBA Teams, Players
The 86th annual Academy Awards were held on Sunday night and, if you’re into the world of film, were a good time. Ellen Degeneres did a wonderful job as host of the event, Gravity brought home a wonderful haul of awards in a number of different categories, Matthew McConaughey took home Best Actor in a Leading Role honors for his work in Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave went away the top dog as the winner of Best Picture.
While the achievements in film this year were fantastic and worth mentioning, the NBA was also still happening on March 2, as it has been for the past five months and will continue to do until June. The NBA doesn’t stop for award shows and things like that, which is one of the things that makes it fantastic.
Unlike with the film industry, though, awards for the NBA won’t be handed out for another few months. We can speculate about the MVP, Sixth Man of the Year Award, Most Improved Player Award, and all of the other honors and who will be the winners right now, but we won’t know for certain for quite a while now.
Why should we wait until the awards are handed out, though? Why can’t the NBA have their version of the Oscars when the best in the year of cinema do? Honestly, I don’t see any reason as to why not. That’s why I’m taking the awards handed out at the Oscars on Sunday night, and handing them out to NBA players and teams for what they’ve been able to accomplish this season. Call it the NBA Oscars, the NBA Academy Awards, or a silly exercise, but here they are.
Best Visual Effects: Gerald Green
No one has ended up on more top plays lists this season than Gerald Green has with the Phoenix Suns it seems like. Green has found new life with the upstart Suns and has given this team energy on numerous occasions with his high-flying ability and signature monster dunks. Whenever Green takes flight, it definitely qualifies as visually entertaining.
Best Foreign Language Film: Goran Dragic
Another award for a member of the Suns, but it’s certainly well-deserved in the case of Goran Dragic. Dragic was having a wonderful year alongside Eric Bledsoe, but he’s been a legitimate star since Bledsoe went down with an injury. The Slovenian guard has put on a show that could have legitimately earned him an All-Star appearance, though that didn’t pan out. He’s pretty clearly been the best of international flair the league has to offer this season.
Best Original Screenplay: Portland Trail Blazers
This seems like an obscure award to give to an NBA team, but I look at it as a team that has been successful with its major components being home-grown. While the Oklahoma City Thunder are an obvious candidate, the Portland Trail Blazers can’t be ignored either. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the stars of this team and were both drafted by this team. Though they’ve added other pieces, the core of their upstart season was built in-house.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Houston Rockets
On the opposite end of how the core of Portland was built stands the Houston Rockets, whose biggest assets in James Harden and Dwight Howard were acquired via trade and free agency, respectively. The Rockets have built a possible contender out of acquiring assets and then making moves with those assets, which has worked out well for them, obviously. They still need to fully put everything together this season, but Houston has done a heck of a job with what they’ve moved to build.
Best Directing: Jeff Hornacek
There are a bevy of fantastic coaches directing their teams in the league, but no one has done a more admirable and remarkable job than first-year coach Jeff Hornacek has with the Suns. Not only did Hornacek have Phoenix working well with a healthy Bledsoe, but the way he has helped keep this team afloat with Bledsoe out has been even more impressive. It’s just year one for Hornacek in the coaching ranks, but it seems that he has many more ahead if this is what he’s capable of.
Best Costume Design: Chris Paul
Chris Paul missed time with a separated shoulder and came back rocking one full sleeve with the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s a silly award to give out, but for some reason CP3 just looks more intimidating wearing the full sleeve. It’s my favorite style of the NBA season by far.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Lance Stephenson
Lance Stephenson isn’t the best player on the Indiana Pacers, nor is he the leader. However, his contributions to the Pacers are numerous and inherent to their success. Stephenson continuously fills up the box score and consistently helps carry this team towards wins and possibly an NBA Championship. Stephenson isn’t Paul George, but this team isn’t what they are without him.
Best Cinematography: Oklahoma City Thunder
In case you’re unaware, cinematography is the guy who essentially develops how a film looks on screen. Even without Russell Westbrook, the Thunder have often been the best team to see this season. Kevin Durant has been a huge factor in that as he’s playing at an unreal level, but so has the Thunder’s supporting cast, save for maybe Kendrick Perkins. What they’ve done this season has been a treat to watch.
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Kevin Durant
In line with the Thunder being one of the best teams to watch this season, you can’t ignore that Durant has been the best leading man this season. The star forward has a compelling case for MVP this season, even coming in ahead of LeBron James in the minds of many. Durant has been one of the most potent scoring threats that we’ve ever seen while also stepping up in other areas of the game that he needed improvement. Hats off to LeBron for another amazing performance this season, but Durant is taking home this hypothetical gold man.
Best Picture: Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have been the best team in the league this season and they only got better by acquiring Evan Turner at the Trade Deadline to strengthen their bench. Indiana seems poised to compete for a title this season and could very well accomplish that feat. There are still games to be played, but as of right now there is not picture in the league that has been more quality than the Pacers.