2023-24 NBA year-end awards angst with Ben Golliver of The Washington Post | Divine intervention


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Dan Devine and Ben Golliver talk about some of the NBA's year-end awards and why they're afraid of voting.

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In this episode of Divine interventionDan Devine, senior NBA writer at Yahoo Sports, is concerned about his voting for some of the NBA's year-end awards and welcomes Ben Golliver of the Washington Post to help clear some of it up.

First, Ben explains why the NBA's 65-game limit for year-end awards worked. This year, more NBA stars played more games than last year, meaning fewer fans were disappointed when they attended a game or watched TV. That's great!

Dan talks a little about his own worries about putting together his ballot for the year-end awards, while Ben explains why he no longer has a ballot and what his voting process was like.

The guys discuss the toxicity of the NBA MVP discussion in recent years and wonder if Joel Embiid is right when he says this year's MVP race is boring. Can anyone catch Nikola Jokic?

The Rookie of the Year is all but decided and the boys spend some time talking about how great Victor Wembanyama already is, but the real question is who to choose after Wemby and Chet Holmgren.

The rules for All-Defense voting have changed this year, and Dan wonders if anyone will be crazy enough to suggest a first team made up entirely of bigs. Ben explains why this is crazy and why he would condemn anyone who does this as “ignorant.”

What are the criteria for the “Most Improved Player”? Could it be a second year player? Is the jump from good to great more difficult than from bad to good? Is this award a win for Tyrese Maxey or can Jalen Williams come out on top?

The rules for All-NBA voting have also changed, but guys are more interested in whether team success should influence how many players on that team make All-NBA.

We end the podcast with The Closing Five, where we learn a lot about moose and weekly recommendations.

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