Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr. says ‘nobody’s opinion is more valid than the players’ when it comes to NBA awards
Nance took to Twitter to air his frustrations, pointing out that NBA players should have a strong voice in the process of determining the winners of the annual awards. He insisted that players know who deserve the different awards because they played against each other.
Nobody’s opinion is more valid than the players in terms of NBA awards.. wonder why the ones that actually play against these guys don’t get a vote 🤷🏽♂️
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) May 23, 2019
It was not the first time Larry Nance Jr. reacted to the award winners. He also made his opinion known after the league released the 2019 NBA All-Rookie First Team. The 26-year-old Nance said the league did not get the All-Rookie First Team right because his teammate Collin Sexton was not on it.
Not without Sexton they didn’t 🙄 https://t.co/0TCqv49TSK
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) May 21, 2019
Sexton averaged 16.7 points on top of 3.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds in his rookie season. He also played like a veteran late in the season, but it was not enough: He failed to make the All-Rookie First Team. Larry Nance Jr. obviously noticed.
Luka Doncic, Trae Young, DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, and Jaren Jackson Jr. comprised the All-Rookie First Team this season. Sexton made the second team along with Landry Shamet, Kevin Huerter, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Mitchell Robinson.
Larry Nance Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers fell on hard times last season. Life is unfair in many ways — including professional basketball and its rhythms from season to season. On-court wins and losses are one thing; feeling powerless to have a say in end-of-season awards is another.