Looking past the typical awards

Harden is NBA's top 'glue guy' -- and three other unconventional year-end honors

Updated: April 27, 2012, 1:49 PM ET
By Chris Palmer | ESPN The Magazine
James HardenLayne Murdoch/Getty ImagesKevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are OKC's stars, but James Harden holds the Thunder together.

Everyone loves to speculate about who will win what postseason award, and elite players across the league keep their fingers crossed that their names will be called. Well, I've got a set of awards that won't come with trophies or even an NBA press release. That's partly because the honors don't exist, but that shouldn't prevent these four guys from being recognized for what they did on the floor this season. File this under Things You Might Have Missed This Year and keep an eye on these players in the future.

Here are four unconventional awards and their deserving recipients:

Budding Defensive Stopper Award: John Wall


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