The Franchise NBA Awards!

The Franchise NBA Awards!

OKLAHOMA CITY — We here at 107.7 The Franchise don’t fancy ourselves as being important. In the grand scheme of things, we are just a bunch of guys and gals who love sports, specifically the NBA. We are humble enough to understand that our opinions and thoughts are no more important than yours.

Disregarding all that I just wrote, I think now is the time to reveal the NBA awards voted by none other than the unofficial “Thunder Syndicate” at 107.7 The Franchise.

I polled Andrew Gillman, Chisholm Holland and Colby Powell from the Thunder Pregame Show, Jerry Ramsey from the Thunder Insider’s Show, Aaron Davis and Matt Ravis from the Thunder First Take Postgame Show, and my partner Madysson Morris from the OKC-82 Podcast.

Former Oklahoma City Thunder player and Franchise contributor Desmond Mason could not be reached. Here is a picture of him minutes after hearing news of a certain NBA GM who had the audacity to trade Thabo Sefolosha.

Je vengerai Thabo

Most Valuable Player Award

Pictured: Greece Lightning

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (5 first place votes)
  2. James Harden (3)
  3. Steph Curry/Nikola Jokic

On Antetokounmpo from Matt Ravis (@mattravis)

“Led the best team in the NBA in points, assists, and rebounds. 60% effective field percentage is the second-best of all time. Absolutely dominant, and made his teammates better.”

On Harden from Jerry Ramsey (@TVsJerry)

“I’m not fatigued with what Harden does. He carried the team for about half the year.”

  • Others who received votes: Damian Lillard (Chisholm Holland)
  • Aaron Davis pointed out he voted for the Steph Curry “with contacts”
    • Aaron also spelled Giannis’ last name like this: “Antontontontononokononopopko”

Coach of the Year

After watching Pet Sematary, the Bucks’ logo gives me nightmares.

  1. Mike Budenholzer – Milwaukee Bucks (6)
  2. Mike Malone – Denver Nuggets (2)
  3. Doc Rivers – LA Clippers

On Budenholzer from Ravis

“The other side of the equation for the Bucks. Although a lot of their success can be attributed to Giannis’s growth, Budenholzer has utilized everybody on that squad perfectly. The brook Lopez experiment was a wild success, and very clever.”

My call on Budenholzer

Last season, Milwaukee with Jason Kidd heavily revolved around Giannis and his insane athletic ability. That can give you success but it has a ceiling. Budenholzer has brought in a winning culture, ball movement and helped Giannis’ teammates achieve their strengths consistently.

  • Others who received votes: Mike D’Antoni (Madysson Morris), Nate McMillan and Terry Stotts (Holland)

6th Man of the Year

Lou holding his two 6th Man of the Year awards

  1. Lou Williams (5)
  2. Spencer Dinwiddie (1)
  3. Domantas Sabonis (1)
  4. Montrezl Harrell (1)

Ravis on Williams

“Odd that the Clippers have two sixth man candidates. Regardless, Lou was the engine that made the Clippers effective and fun to watch. Two in a row for Lou Will.”

My take

I felt Sabonis’ play with Indiana during a season where they lost Victor Oladipo for the majority of the year gave him the edge over Williams — who is a 6th man in name only. Sabonis won’t win this year, but should be a front-runner next year

  • Others who received votes: Terrance Ross (Holland)
  • Ramsey picked Dinwiddie for his 6th Man: “The Nets are contenders and Dinwiddie’s acceptance of his role is a huge reason why.”

Rookie of the Year

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  1. Luka Dončić (6)
  2. Trae Young (2)
  3. Marvin Bagley

My take

Even though I work in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and am a proud alum of the University of Oklahoma — I am shocked and disappointed Luka was not an unanimous vote here.

Ravis on…

No. Not going to share Ravis’ man-crush for Dončić here. Just go to his Twitter profile.

  • Others who received votes: Jaren Jackson, Jr. (Ramsey), DeAndre Ayton (Davis) and Collin Sexton (Morris)
    • I assume Madysson picked Sexton because he shut down Trae Young in college last year… Go Pokes, amiright?
  • Jerry Ramsey felt the need to quote something that I am not familiar with: “His name is Luka, I know that there is more in store” – Luka-Susan Vega, 1987″

Most Improved Player of the Year

D’Angelo was apparently “too immature” in this picture

  1. D’Angelo Russell (5)
  2. Pascal Siakam (3)
  3. Buddy Hield

Ramsey on Russell

“Did I mention the Nets are contenders? All-Star D’Angelo… like we all knew.

Ravis on Siakam

“Siakam is an NBA Rorschach test — how you feel about him says a lot about you as an NBA fan. Kawhi (Leonard) missed plenty of games, and the Raptors never lost their identity. Siakam was a huge part of that on both sides of the ball.”

  • Others who received votes: De’Aaron Fox (Holland)
    • Holland on Fox: “This hurt me. I wanted Fox so bad I wanted to cheat.”

Defensive Player of the Year

We don’t have a picture of Rudy Gobert on our website so here is the French soccer team.

  1. Rudy Gobert (4)
  2. Paul George (2)
  3. Joel Embiid/Giannis Antetokounmpo (1 each)

Ravis on Gobert

“As always, there are several guys who deserve this award. Defense is hard to quantify, but Gobert passes both the analytical test and the eye test. When he’s on, a team is forced to look elsewhere other than the rim.”

Ramsey on Gobert

“I didn’t want to make him cry again, just awkward.”

  • Others who received votes: Myles Turner (Davis) and Jamal Murray (Morris)

Executive of the Year

After you scoff at his Executive of the Year take, read it again… He’s on to something here.

  1. Masai Ujiri – Toronto (3)
  2. Donnie Nelson – Dallas (1)
  3. Travis Schlenk – Atlanta
  4. MAGIC JOHNSON/Elton Brand/Tim Connelly/Jon Horst

Ravis on Ujiri

“To swing for the fences the way Ujiri did — firing the coach of the year, and then trading a beloved franchise cornerstone for what could be a rental — is pretty incredible. Although they’re always a threat to implode in the playoffs, the Raps actually have a chance to challenge for the East this year. Pascal Siakam has proven to be a great pick, and we don’t talk about how good Danny Green has been.”

Ramsey on picking currently unemployed Magic Johnson for Exec. of the Year

“Made two franchises with perennial MVPs miss the playoffs. Didn’t get fired, and walked away with a smile. I’m not joking.”

  • Others who received votes: Daryl Morey (Morris) and Bob Myers (Holland)


Brady has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2016. University of Oklahoma alum class of 2014. He has worked for the Franchise since April 2018. Brady co-hosts the OKC-82 Podcast and the Inside OU podcast, part of the Franchise Podcast Network. He also hosts the Locked On Thunder Podcast, part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You can hear Brady on Saturdays after football season from 10am-12 on the Franchise Thunder Insider's Show with Jerry Ramsey, Jon Hamm and Madysson Morris.

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