TrueHoop’s NBA basketball camp awards
Until the season’s really over, these’ll have to do
BY DAVID THORPE
What just happened? Was that an NBA season? Do we hand out awards when we don’t even know if there will be playoffs?
It just struck me: What we had of the 2019/2020 “season” was a camp. Many games that settled nothing. And that can be great! Camps are valuable. Early in my career, I traveled around America trying to work all 10 weeks of my summer break from teaching. I learned to coach as much from the summer basketball camp scene as I did the regular high school season. As we discussed with NBA player agent Bernie Lee this week, places like the famed Five-Star Basketball Camps were a chance for everyone—players, coaches, referees—to learn and develop.
And camps have awards. They tend to be a little different than the NBA season awards. Usually there is a Most Outstanding Player and a grab bag of others, reflecting the reality that a camp is not a season, nor is it a championship. It’s a glimpse. So here are TrueHoop’s 2019-2020 NBA basketball camp awards.