This season, the award for the "most improbable solid season" - which does not exist, by the way - would certainly go to the Miami Heat.
Coach Erik Spoelstra should be in line for strong consideration for Coach of the Year award and it's a well-deserved honor if he becomes a first-time winner.
With just four games left in the season, the Heat sit just a half-game out of the playoffs, and completing one of the most amazing turnarounds in league history.
The player steering the ship this season has been point guard Goran Dragic, who rose to prominence toward the end of Steve Nash's career in Phoenix and is having a renaissance of sorts in South Beach.
After improving his scoring average about 6 points a game, the eighth-year Slovenian point guard could have also played himself into the Most Improved Player award debate.
The success continued on Wednesday night as the visiting Heat knocked off the Charlotte Hornets 112-99 behind 33 points and four assists from Dragic. It was the sixth time this season the 30-year-old passed the 30-point plateau.
However, after the game in Charlotte, Dragic admitted he was not getting a healthy dosage of "Southern hospitality."
As reported by Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, Dragic was told by a fan to: "Go back to Russia."
"I'm not from Russia," replied the Slovenian.
Hey, given the rise of Russian support in the U.S. government lately, maybe the fan was trying to be nice... never mind, not likely.
However, Dragic has nothing to worry about when it comes to support, as the Heat have turned into one of the most cohesive units in the league. Plus, if the going gets really tough, it would be nice to have Hassan Whiteside on your side of the feud.
No matter what, Dragic can just point to his on-court success and keep his mouth shut against unruly fans, who probably have some miserable things going on in their lives to say mean things to basketball players.
Dragic has no reason to be down, as his 20.3 points per game output ties for the best of his career. He's also still dishing out 5.9 assists per game, which is actually up from 5.8 last season when he had Dwyane Wade to get buckets off his action.
He has a lot to be proud of, including his Slovenian heritage, as he's in a small group of Slovenian-born players, along with Sasha Vujacic of the New York Knicks and Beno Udrih of the Detroit Pistons.
Which is definitely NOT Russia, by the way.News Now - Sport News