Every NBA team in the NBA either has or needs a glue guy. A guy who does all of the dirty work and goes about his business in a way that often goes unnoticed. Most of the work he puts in cannot show up in the box score.There is no Championship team without one. For the Rockets in the Olajuwon era it was Mario Ellie and Robert Horry. For the Bulls in the Jordan Era it was Dennis Rodman and Horace Grant. For the Spurs it was Avery Johnson and Bruce Bowen. For the 2001 and up Lakers it was Rick Fox and Derrick Fisher. For the 2004 Pistons it was Tayshaun Prince. For the Heat in 2006 it was Udonis Haslem. For the Celtics it was Kendrick Perkins. I think you get what I am saying here.
Honestly, I feel that these type of guys should be rewarded for hard work in some way. I have a couple of ideas I think would work. It would benefit all role players around the league by making them feel like they have an award to play for but also have the casual basketball fans to look at more than just a boxscore to determine who is a good player. Think of how much more competitive our league could be if damn near all of the players scrapped and hustled with a purpose. I think it would elevate the excitement of the game and bring a certain toughness to the NBA and basketball in general. You never hear anyone talk about how they want be like Shane Battier or Chuck Hayes. Everyone want to be Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
The ideas are as follows. The first one is at every All Star game all the coaching staffs and front offices in the league should vote in a designated "No Stats All Star" in each conference. Whether those players should or shouldn't get in the game is totally up for debate but I personally wouldn't have an issue with either.The other award is the "Intangibles Player of the Year Award". I think the players around the league should also be included when voting for the winner of this award at the end of the regular season.
I really believe that having one of these awards would get player to play harder for the sake of the team. We always hear about guys having personal agendas and it affects the team in a negative way. There is nothing that can be done about players having personal agendas but having one of these awards in place could turn that negative effect into a positive one. Let me know what you guys think about this idea because if it is a good one I might actually get serious about it and push it further.