A week off, but we’re back with another edition of Malevolent Man of the Week! Aaron Harrison’s doing his best impression of Robert Horry two games in a row earned him last edition’s Malevolent Man.
This week we had a lot of worthy candidates with some battling for their career achievement, playoff opportunities and some just straight up showing out because they can. Be sure to vote for your favorite at the bottom.
1. Zach Randolph
The Memphis Grizzlies were in a playoff battle with the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks. Memphis’ final two games were against both of them and boy did Z-Bo show out to not only put the Grit N’ Grind in the playoffs, but also capture the seventh seed to avoid the Spurs and play the more “beatable” (more beatable than the Spurs) Oklahoma City Thunder.
In his last two games to clinch the playoff spot in the west, Randolph averaged 29.5 points, 11.5 rebounds on 55% shooting, beast mode.
2. Giancarlo Stanton
Yeah he finished the game versus the Seattle Mariners 3 for 3 with two walks and five RBIs…but the story wasn’t his entire stat-line, just the one stat: Walkoff Grandslam
Of course that came immediately following a controversial call leaving Reed Johnson safe at third base…but who cares!
MARLINS WIN! WALK IT OFF! LIGHT THE…WHATEVER THE HELL THAT THING IS BEHIND CENTER FIELD!
3. Kevin Durant
Everyone else seemed a little annoyed that Durant played the final game of the season with the Thunder’s playoff spot locked up, but screw everyone else. Durant knows when it’s time to curb stomp some scrubs from the Motor City and that’s exactly what he did. Keep in mind, when I say scrub, I mean Kyle Singler who, for some damn reason, was assigned to guard the soon-to-be league MVP.
I’m not sure Singler has even played defense before.
Durant dropped 42 because that’s what you do when you’re guarded by a guy that looks like he’s perpetually and legitimately terrified. Don’t believe me?
Anyways this isn’t about Singler, it’s about the Slim Reaper.
4. Bubba Watson
It seemed that heading into the final day of the Masters that EA was five minutes from signing youngin’ Jordan Spieth to a 10 year/Ungodly million dollar contract to make “EA Presents Jordan Spieth Golf 15”. The former champ however had something to say about that.
And of course after Watson’s second green jacket in three years, the Duke of Hazard went to the Waffle House to celebrate.
5. Johnny Cueto
You didn’t think I forgot about the Dominican ace righty? Pitched a great complete game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by his career-high 12 strikeouts. Cueto only allowed three hits through the entire game and he’s working with a 1.50 ERA on the season. Keep on keeping on.
Look that heat!