Draymond Green dominated the league on the defensive end last year and took home his first ever Defensive Player of the Year award. Rudy Gobert gave him a good fight in the race, but in the end, Green's versatility and impact for the best team in the NBA was too much to overcome. While last year was basically a two man race, that should not be the case this year. With that being said, let's get right into my top five candidates for this upcoming season.
In 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. Although Game 1 was being played at Dodger Stadium, the A's, who won 104 games that year, were the heavy favorites to win the championship. In the bottom of the 9th inning (Hey there, anybody who's a baseball fan knows this story from the back of their hand, bare with me while I recap the end of the game. I'm trying to let the newbies [Don't be mean, baseball needs as many fans as possible] in on the action. Thanks for the patience), Kirk Gibson, who didn't play for the majority of the game, came in to pinch hit with two outs and one on, and put the Dodgers down 3-2. The crowd went wild simply by his presence. With the count full, Kirk Gibson hits a home run to right field and the Dodgers won Game 1. By many historians, it is considered one of the most iconic moments in baseball history.
The other day, I saw a picture on Twitter of an American veteran who had lost both his legs overseas. The source of this image was a random nobody who was using his picture to say how much this veteran wished he could stand for the national anthem and that everybody else should to honor his sacrifice. Now, this person had no connection whatsoever to this soldier, but she apparently believed she had a crystal clear understanding of exactly what this man believed in. It struck me as a rather insulting assumption. This man gave his limbs for this country, and he was just getting spoken for as to what that sacrifice means.
Just when you thought we’ve seen the most ridiculous offseason in the history of basketball, we get one more Woj bomb to remind us just how memorable this arms race has been. Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, Oklahoma City has built one of the best lineups in the NBA, following their most recent deal to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks.
As we get through the first quarter of the NFL season, we catch a small glimpse of the teams and players alike that will thrive and make a good playoff run and we have others that have fallen below the expectations of fans.
Last season, Malcolm Brogdon, the 36th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, flew under the radar as the 2016-17 season started for the Milwaukee Bucks. Drafted as a senior from Virginia, Brogdon wasn't supposed to do much except provide some shooting and defense off the bench. Nobody expected him to play over 26 minutes a night and start each of the Bucks' six playoff games.