2016 SportsPress “SP” Awards Voting Results

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These awards were voted on by our writers. Each writer’s vote counted as an amount in accordance to their rank in terms of how many articles they have published on SportsPress. A total of eight writers voted. Each voter voted for three nominees from each category. The lowest ranking voter (8th place) in terms of number of articles written had his 1st place votes count as 3 points, his 2nd place votes count as 2 points, and his 3rd place votes count as 1 point. Each of these values increase by 1 point for each additional writer up the list of how many articles each writer has published (for example, the 7th place voter had his 1st place votes count as 4 points, his 2nd place votes count as 3 points, and his 3rd place votes count as 2 points).

NOTES 

  • If a nominee received no votes, then they are not listed on this results list.
  • In the case of a tie, the nominee with the higher number of 1st place votes wins. If that too is tied, the nominee with the higher number of 2nd place votes wins. If that too is tied, the nominee with the higher number of 3rd place votes wins.

 

Best Team
  1. Denver Broncos (NFL)
    • 27 points
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
    • 26 points 
  3. Chicago Cubs (MLB)
    • 25 points
  4. Alabama Crimson Tide (NCAA Football)
    • 23 points
  5. Team Penske (IndyCar)
    • 10 points
  6. Team Mercedes (Formula One)
    • 9 points
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
    • 8 points
  8. Villanova Wildcats (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 4 points

 

Best Game/Event
  1. Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians (Game 7, World Series)
    • 31 points
  2. Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 7, NBA Finals)
    • 31 points
  3. Villanova Wildcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship)
    • 23 points
  4. 2016 Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar Race)
    • 16 points
  5. Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals (NFC Divisional Round Matchup)
    • 14 points
  6. 2016 Firestone 600 (IndyCar Race)
    • 10 points
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals (Game 6, Stanley Cup Playoffs)
    • 7 points

 

Best Play
  1. Kris Jenkins’ three-point buzzer beater (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship)
    • 36 points
  2. LeBron James’ block of Andre Iguodala (Game 7, NBA Finals)
    • 21 points
  3. Pennsylvania State’s blocked field goal returned for a touchdown against Ohio State (NCAA Football)
    • 21 points
  4. Von Miller strip sack of Cam Newton (Super Bowl 50)
    • 13 points
  5. Aaron Rodgers’ Hail Mary (NFC Divisional Round Matchup)
    • 13 points
  6. Graham Rahal passes James Hinchcliffe on the final lap of the Firestone 600 (IndyCar Race)
    • 10 points
  7. Stephen Curry 38-foot game winner (Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder)
    • 10 points
  8. Kyrie Irving’s three-pointer to ice Game 7 of the NBA Finals  (Game 7, NBA Finals)
    • 8 points

 

Best Upset
  1. Middle Tennessee defeats Michigan State (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 42 points
  2. Leicester City wins the Premier League (Premier League)
    • 31 points
  3. Yale defeats Baylor (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 20 points
  4. Alexander Rossi wins the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar)
    • 18 points
  5. Little Rock defeats Purdue (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 13 points
  6. Syracuse defeats Virginia (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 6 points
  7. Stephen F. Austin defeats West Virginia (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 2 points

 

Best Moment
  1. The Chicago Cubs win their first World Series since 1908 (MLB)
    • 46 points
  2. Peyton Manning wins the Super Bowl in his final game (NFL)
    • 37 points
  3. Kobe Bryant puts up 60 points in his final NBA game (NBA)
    • 20 points
  4. The Cleveland Cavaliers claim the city’s first championship since 1964 (NBA)
    • 13 points
  5. Alexander Rossi coasts across the finish line out of fuel to win the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar)
    • 10 points
  6. The Golden State Warriors claim their record 73rd win (NBA)
    • 6 points

 

Best Championship Performance
  1. LeBron James (NBA)
    • 36 points
  2. Von Miller (NFL)
    • 34 points
  3. Sidney Crosby (NHL)
    • 14 points
  4. Derrick Henry (NCAA Football)
    • 12 points
  5. Simon Pagenaud (IndyCar)
    • 10 points
  6. Ben Zobrist (MLB)
    • 9 points
  7. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
    • 9 points
  8. Nico Rosberg (Formula One)
    • 8 points

 

Best Record-Breaking Performance
  1. Stephen Curry’s 402 3-pointers (NBA)
    • 38 points
  2. The Golden State Warriors’ 73 wins (NBA)
    • 26 points
  3. Christian McCaffrey sets NCAA all-purpose yardage record in Rose Bowl (NCAA Football)
    • 24 points
  4. Jimmie Johnson’s 7th NASCAR championship
    • 16 points
  5. Simon Pagenaud’s 127-point championship win (IndyCar)
    • 10 points
  6. Stephen Curry’s streak of 157 games with at least one 3-pointer (NBA
    • 8 points
  7. Stephen Curry’s 13 3-pointers in a game (NBA)
    • 6 points
  8. Geno Auriemma’s 11th NCAA basketball title (NCAA Women’s Basketball)
    • 4 points

 

Best Male Athlete
  1. LeBron James (NBA)
    • 38 points
  2. Stephen Curry (NBA)
    • 28 points
  3. Lionel Messi (Soccer)
    • 25 points
  4. Ezekiel Elliott (NFL)
    • 18 points
  5. Russell Westbrook (NBA)
    • 12 points
  6. Sidney Crosby (NHL)
    • 8 points
  7. Kris Bryant (MLB)
    • 2 points
  8. Mike Trout (MLB)
    • 1 point

 

Best Female Athlete
  1. Katie Ledecky (Swimming)
    • 31 points
  2. Serena Williams (Tennis)
    • 27 points 
  3. Carli Lloyd (Soccer)
    • 25 points
  4. Simone Biles (Gymnastics)
    • 20 points
  5. Breanna Stewart (WNBA)
    • 18 points
  6. Maya Moore (WNBA)
    • 11 points

 

Best NBA Player
  1. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
    • 40 points
  2. LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
    • 37 points
  3. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
    • 23 points
  4. Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
    • 16 points
  5. James Harden (Houston Rockets)
    • 6 points
  6. Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
    • 5 points
  7. Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
    • 5 points

 

Best NFL Player
  1. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
    • 26 points
  2. Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)
    • 26 points
  3. Von Miller (Denver Broncos)
    • 25 points
  4. Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders)
    • 23 points
  5. Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders)
    • 11 points
  6. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
    • 10 points
  7. David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)
    • 8 points
  8. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)
    • 3 points

 

Best MLB Player
  1. Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs)
    • 46 points
  2. Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
    • 31 points
  3. Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs)
    • 19 points
  4. Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox)
    • 13 points
  5. Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies)
    • 12 points
  6. Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
    • 11 points

 

Best NHL Player
  1. Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
    • 48 points
  2. Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
    • 29 points
  3. Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
    • 29 points
  4. Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
    • 18 points
  5. Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
    • 6 points
  6. Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)
    • 2 points

 

Best College Athlete
  1. Lamar Jackson (NCAA Football)
    • 50 points
  2. Jabrill Peppers (NCAA Football)
    • 33 points
  3. Buddy Hield (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 14 points
  4. Christian McCaffrey (NCAA Football)
    • 13 points
  5. Derrick Henry (NCAA Football)
    • 12 points
  6. Deshaun Watson (NCAA Football)
    • 9 points
  7. Grayson Allen (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 1 point

 

Best Driver
  1. Simon Pagenaud (IndyCar)
    • 29 points
  2. Alexander Rossi (IndyCar)
    • 28 points
  3. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
    • 27 points
  4. Kyle Busch (NASCAR)
    • 17 points
  5. Will Power (IndyCar)
    • 16 points
  6. Nico Rosberg (Formula One)
    • 8 points
  7. Max Verstappen (Formula One)
    • 5 points
  8. Lewis Hamilton (Formula One)
    • 2 points

 

Best Golfer
  1. Jordan Spieth
    • 48 points
  2. Rory McIlroy
    • 41 points
  3. Jason Day
    • 24 points
  4. Lydia Ko
    • 9 points
  5. Adam Scott
    • 7 points
  6. Dustin Johnson
    • 3 points

 

Best Soccer Player
  1. Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
    • 49 points
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
    • 46 points
  3. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
    • 18 points
  4. Neymar (FC Barcelona)
    • 16 points
  5. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
    • 3 points

 

Best Tennis Player
  1. Novak Djokovic
    • 33 points
  2. Rafael Nadal
    • 31 points
  3. Roger Federer
    • 28 points
  4. Serena Williams
    • 26 points
  5. Andy Murray
    • 10 points
  6. Milos Raonic
    • 4 points

 

Best Fighter
  1. Conor McGregor
    • 52 points
  2. Jon Jones
    • 35 points
  3. Jose Aldo
    • 26 points
  4. Demetrious Johnson
    • 13 points
  5. Dominick Cruz
    • 4 points
  6. Eddie Alvarez
    • 2 points

 

Best International Athlete
  1. Usain Bolt (Running)
    • 41 points
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer)
    • 26 points
  3. Lionel Messi (Soccer)
    • 25 points
  4. Novak Djokovic (Tennis)
    • 14 points
  5. Nico Rosberg (Formula One)
    • 10 points
  6. Lewis Hamilton (Formula One)
    • 9 points
  7. Luis Suarez (Soccer)
    • 7 points

 

Best Breakthrough Athlete
  1. Ezekiel Elliott (NFL)
    • 39 points
  2. Karl-Anthony Towns (NBA)
    • 29 points
  3. Dak Prescott (NFL)
    • 21 points
  4. Mookie Betts (MLB)
    • 16 points
  5. Simon Pagenaud (IndyCar)
    • 10 points
  6. Josef Newgarden (IndyCar)
    • 9 points
  7. Max Verstappen (Formula One)
    • 8 points

 

Best Comeback Athlete
  1. James Hinchcliffe (IndyCar)
    • 29 points
  2. James Conner (NCAA Football)
    • 28 points
  3. Le’Veon Bell (NFL)
    • 28 points
  4. Kyle Schwarber (MLB)
    • 14 points
  5. Kevin Durant (NBA)
    • 13 points
  6. Andrew Luck (NFL)
    • 9 points
  7. Nick Chubb (NCAA Football)
    • 7 points
  8. Mikhail Aleshin (IndyCar)
    • 4 points

 

Best Coach
  1. Nick Saban (NCAA Football)
    • 40 points
  2. Gary Kubiak (NFL)
    • 27 points
  3. Jay Wright (NCAA Men’s Basketball)
    • 14 points
  4. Tyronn Lue (NBA)
    • 13 points
  5. Joe Maddon (MLB)
    • 11 points
  6. Mike Sullivan (NHL)
    • 10 points
  7. Claudio Ranieri (Premier League)
    • 9 points
  8. Geno Auriemma (NCAA Women’s Basketball)
    • 8 points

 

-Asher Fair

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