Welcome to the First Annual World Famous #DoWork Awards, presented by the Habitual Line Stepping Animal with the Verbs and Nouns, #TheOpenRun’s Will ‘Wall $t.’ Strickland, and the good folks at Press Basketball.com.

While there are standard awards doled out by the National Basketball Association, The Master of this Ceremony also created several unique categories to enhance the #DoWork Awards presentation.

That said, let’s get busy with the business at hand and #DoWork!

#TheOpenRun’s First Annual World Famous #DoWork Awards

SKI MASK ALL-STAR

Player with a huge contract who can’t help to get his squad to the playoffs and is practically stealing money from his team!

Candidates:
Joakim Noah/NYK: 4 years/$72M; 46 GP/5.0 PPG
Luol Deng/LAL: 4 years/$72M; 56 GP/7.6 PPG
Chandler Parsons/MEM: 4 years/$94M; 34 GP/6.2 PPG
Timofey Mozgov/LAL: 4 years/$64M; 54 GP/7.4 PPG

Winner: Chandler Parsons

With apologies to the Lakers Heist Duo of Deng and Mozgov or the Knickerbockers controlled substance-banned and oft-injured Joakim Noah, no one held a front office hostage with no ransom note as deftly as Parsons, now going into his third consecutive off season with knee surgery and rehab on a bed made of money he didn’t earn.

MEAL PLAN/BALL ON BUDGET ALL STAR

High visibility player plying his trade for a relatively paltry sum.

Candidates:
Kyle Lowry/TOR: 22.6 PPG/4.8 RPG/7.0 APG
Stephen Curry/GSW: 25.4 PPG/4.5 RPG/6.6 APG
Kemba Walker/CHA: 23.2 PPG/3.9 RPG/5.5 APG

Winner: Steph Curry

While it may be tough to say a guy making $12 million a year is underpaid, in today’s new NBA economic strata, it’s a value, especially for stars like Lowry, Walker and Curry.

This pick was kind of a no-brainer as the two-time MVP with the fourth-highest salary on his team will cash out something heavy in July, along with the other candidates in Walker and Lowry.

But will Lowry get it in Toronto?

APB (ALL POINTS BULLETIN)

An former All-Star level player who claimed he’d come back to terrorize the league only to go missing when it counted most.

Candidates:
There is but one.

Winner:
Derrick Rose/NYK: 64 GP; 18.0 PPG/3.8 RPG/4.4 APG
Be it the disturbing details of the gang rape case in which he was acquitted this past summer, the foolhardy pre-season proclamations of Knick superteam status or the idea that he was still a top flight point guard in this NBA, Mr. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone, Derrick Martell Rose, was actually healthier than he’d been in past years until a torn meniscus felled him again (J-J-J-Jenga!) and he still couldn’t help his team make the playoffs… again.

THE LEAP (UPGRADE/MOST IMPROVED)

Candidates:
Nicola Jokic/DEN: 72 GP/16.9 PPG/9.7 RPG/7.9 APG
Dennis Schroder/ATL: 79 GP/17.9 PPG/3.1 RPG/6.3 APG
Giannis Antetokoumnpo/MIL: 80 GP/22.9 PPG/8.7 RPG/5.4 APG
Otto Porter/WAS: 79 GP/13.5 PPG/6.4 RPG/1.5 APG

Winner: Giannis Antetokoumnpo

The Greek Freak ended this season as the first player in league history to finish in the Top 20 of every major statistical category.

Points – 14th
Rebounds – 15th
Assists – 18th
Blocks – 5th
Steals – 9th

Check. Check. Check. Check. Check.

Oh, by the way, umm… he’s 22.

Beware.

“YOU GON’ GET THAT WORK” COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Candidates:
Khris Middleton/MIL: 29 GP/14.7/4.2 RPG/2.7 APG
Eric Gordon/HOU: 74 GP/16.3 PPG/2.7 RPG/2.5 APG

Winner: Khris Middleton

Forget about how many games Middleton played this year.

The man tore his hamstring completely off the bone playing pickup in the summer and came back… IN THE SAME DAMN SEASON!!!

This accomplishment may only be second in good griefdom to Paul Pierce not missing a game after being stabbed eleven times, showing up 37 days later to start all 82 games that season and drop 25.3 PPG.

Ok. Maybe it’s a distant second.

HUMAN INJURED RESERVE LIST ALL-STARS

Andrew Bogut/DAL-CLE
Jabari Parker/MIL
Chandler Parsons/MEM
Festus Ezeli/POR
Joakim Noah/NYK

Also known as the Andrew Bogut Memorial Award, it’s only fitting that he leads this team of players who rarely stay uninjured enough to actually play.

Anthony Davis, as great as you are, please don’t make this team.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Candidates:
Malcolm Brogdon/MIL: 74 GP/10.2 PPG/2.8 RPG/4.3 APG
Dario Saric/PHI: 81 GP/12.3 PPG/6.3 RPG/2.2 APG

Winner: Malcolm Brogdon

In a very down rookie class, the absolute, undisputed best third-year rookie in NBA history, Joel Embiid, put up monster numbers in a sample size of games before sustaining another career-stunting injury. The Colonel’s Son was so good during his time on the court that many may still vote for him here.

While there is no dispute that Saric dominated the second half of the season and showed a raw roundness of skill set that may end up forcing the Sixers hands in a couple seasons with the wealth of talent they are currently gathering, Brogdon was the model of steadiness and consistency in a season where he helped his team make the playoffs.

His defensive pedigree from the University of Virginia seemed to carry over into the league and having Jason Kidd, one of the smartest players in the NBA history, coaching and mentoring the mature rook will bode well for his future success in Milwaukee.

ALL ROOKIE TEAM

Dario Saric/PHI: 81 GP/12.3 PPG/6.3 RPG/2.2 APG
Malcolm Brogdon/MIL: 74 GP/10.2 PPG/2.8 RPG/4.3 APG
Jamal Murray/DEN: 81 GP/9.7 PPG/2.6 RPG/2.0 APG
Marquese Chriss/PHO: 82 GP/9.2 PPG/4.2 RPG/0.7 APG
Joel Embiid/PHI: 31 GP/20.2 PPG/7.8 RPG/2.1 APG

You’ve gotten the goods on the ROY candidates here already, but in Chriss and Murray, potential/fringe All-Stardom and increased leadership roles await as they are valued assets on the young rosters in the Valley of the Sun and the Rockies, respectively.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Candidates:
Bob Myers/GSW
Daryl Morey/HOU
Masai Ujiri/TOR
Danny Ainge/BOS

Winner: Bob Myers

He got Kevin Durant to sign.

Do you need more?

April 1963: Red Auerbach, coach of the Boston Celtics smokes his cigar from the bench as the Celtics win a game.
Photo: © Rich Clarkson / Rich Clarkson & Assoc.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Candidates:
Brad Stevens/BOS: 53-29
Gregg Popovich/SAS: 61-21
Steve Kerr/GSW: 67-15
Mike D’Antoni/HOU: 55-27
Erik Spoelstra/MIA: 41-41

Winner: Erik Spoelstra

While it is wholly plausible that D’Antoni will get the nod here, easy bake picks of Kerr and Pop would be less an acknowledgement of their acumen and more an accolade eventually serving as a paperweight on a desk somewhere.

Boston’s Brad Stevens seems like he will be a perennial entrant on this list, but Erik Spoelstra has done the most with the least and should gather this prize.

Some might suggest he had it easy for years coaching LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But with The Big Three gone and a squad that was 11-30 in the first half of the season, that the Heat didn’t start making post-season travel plans before the All-Star break and eventually bought into what The Spo was cooking is a testament to the man’s bench bawsing abilities.

Taking a team full of no-name D-League All-Stars and journeymen to the cusp of a playoff berth that went down to the last day of the regular season after that start is nothing short of amazing.

A couple years ago, Miami’s starting centre was unemployed and shooting free throws in a downtown Charlotte Y, the well-travelled James Johnson somehow threatened to be a real 6th Man of the Year finalist this year and their ‘leader’ is Dion Waiters.

That is not a typo.

That’s what Erik Spoelstra has done on South Beach this season.

Salute.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Candidates:
Kawhi Leonard/SAS
Draymond Green/GSW
Rudy Gobert/UTA

Raw numbers lack the depth to tell the tale of each man’s influence on their respective teams and the games themselves.

As Leonard’s responsibilities changed once more offensive focus was put on his plate, it didn’t diminish his impact as the premier two-way player in the game today. The Stifle Tower of Salt Lake City also performed superlatively, improving his game and importance on both ends of the court.

But it would be a flagrant denial to ignore the yeoman’s work that one of the NBA’s most important glue guys does for the best team in the league on the defensive end without kicking players in their nether regions.

Congratulations, Draymond.

6TH MAN OF THE YEAR

Candidates:
Lou Williams/LAL-HOU: 80 GP/ 17.7 PPG/2.5 RPG/2.9 APG
Eric Gordon/HOU: 74 GP/16.3 PPG/2.7 RPG/2.5 APG
Andre Iguodala/GSW: 76 GP/7.6 PPG/4.0 RPG/3.4 APG
Jamal Crawford/LAC: 81 GP/12.3 PPG/1.6 RPG/2.6 APG

Winner: Eric Gordon

It almost feels like one day Crawford, he, himself a three-time winner of this award, will replace John Havlicek as the model for the trophy. Iguodala has had a surprisingly solid season off the pine, solidifying a once-questioned second unit. And while Williams’ numbers are a bit gaudier than his teammates, Eric Gordon is finally healthy again.

He’s also happy and possessing the ultimate neon green light from Mike D’Antoni to launch from wherever he pleases, whenever he pleases coming off the bench.

The Rocket has landed in the right place to nab this honour.

ALL NBA FIRST TEAM

Russell Westbrook/OKC
James Harden/HOU
Kawhi Leonard/SAS
LeBron James/CLE
Rudy Gobert/UTA

Questions?

Credit: Courtesy of the Westbrook Family

MVP

Candidates:
LeBron Raymone James/CLE: 74 GP/26.4 PPG/8.6 RPG/8.7 APG
James Edward Harden, Jr./HOU: 80 GP/29.1 PPG/8.0 RPG/11.2 APG
Russell Westbrook/OKC: 80 GP/31.6 PPG/10.7 RPG/ 10.4 APG
Kawhi Anthony Leonard/SAS: 73 GP/25.7 PPG/5.8 RPG/3.5 APG

Winner: Russell Westbrook

It’s easy for people, fans or otherwise, to blame voter fatigue on why LeBron isn’t the Most Valuable Player not only this season, but in the league virtually for the past ten years, despite his sustained greatness, six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and threatening seven straight.

Kawhi was more than deserving, earning his role as the lead actor in South Texas, improving in all areas of the game and becoming a bonafide star in 2017 A.D. (After Duncan).

The Beard’s magnificent 2016-2017 will be recorded as historic in many ways, including being the hard knock life runner-up for the second season in a row.

Alas, this season’s most coveted individual prize will rest on the plains of the Sooner State for the first time since 2014 as Broadie’s video game math doesn’t lie.

33-9 in the games where Westbrook amassed a triple double indicates in no uncertain fashion that this kind of production was necessary and far from a hindrance to the growth of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In a record breaking season, it seems only apropos to have the ultimate record breaker take home the hardware.

The first round Western Conference duel between Westbrook and Harden looks to be one for the ages.

I can’t wait.

Hopefully, neither can you!

Salute to Russell Westbrook, 2016-2017 NBA MVP.

If you want to dispute or agree with the selections, call Will a bad name or offer him exclusive oceanfront property in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he can be found on Twitter: @wallstrizzle1.

Thank you for being a part of the #TheOpenRun Experience during the First Annual World Famous #DoWork Awards, brought to you by Press Basketball.com!