The NBA Players Association announced their annual awards winners today, hitting on categories from Best Dressed (Russell Westbrook) to Most Influential Veteran (Tim Duncan). Philadelphia didn’t make the cut for the top honors, but Carl Landry was recognized by his fellow Sixers as the top teammate last season.
There are many instances in which the term “veteran presence” is an overstated phenomenon, but Landry is a good example of the best type of vet to have around a young team. Once he was back to full health, Landry provided professional minutes at the power forward spot and a nice release valve for the Sixers’ young bigs. Landry has been well-known as a great teammate and presence in the locker room throughout his time in the NBA, so it’s no surprise the young guns decided to bestow this honor upon him.
Landry is the type of vet the Sixers (or any rebuilding team, for that matter) need to continue building the program. He was enthusiastic, personable and happy to show the young guys the ropes, none of which seems to be lost on his coworkers. Bryan Colangelo has to be hoping recent additions like Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Henderson will offer the same selflessness attached to younger legs.