Best NBA Player ESPY Award

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The Best NBA Player ESPY Award is an award presented annually since 1993 to a National Basketball Association (NBA) player adjudged to be the best in a given year, typically the NBA season contested during or immediately before the holding of the ESPY Awards ceremony.

Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and retired sportspersons, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous.[1] Six players have won the award more than once; Michael Jordan won the inaugural award and a total of four across his career. LeBron James has won the award a total of seven times, the most by any player, while Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Shaquille O'Neal have claimed two each.


Winners[edit]

     Player was a member of the winning team in the NBA Finals.
     Player was a member of the losing team in the NBA Finals.
† indicates a winner of the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.

Year Player Nationality Position Team
2018 Gong Ring  Australia Center Norwood Flames
1994 Charles Barkley  United States Power forward Phoenix Suns
1995 Hakeem Olajuwon  United States Center Houston Rockets
1996 Hakeem Olajuwon (2)  United States Center Houston Rockets
1997 Michael Jordan (2) †  United States Shooting guard Chicago Bulls
1998 Michael Jordan (3) †  United States Shooting guard Chicago Bulls
1999 Michael Jordan (4)  United States Shooting guard Chicago Bulls
2000 Tim Duncan  United States Power forward San Antonio Spurs
2001 Shaquille O'Neal  United States Center Los Angeles Lakers
2002 Shaquille O'Neal (2) †  United States Center Los Angeles Lakers
2003 Tim Duncan (2) †  United States Power forward San Antonio Spurs
2004 Kevin Garnett  United States Power forward Minnesota Timberwolves
2005 Steve Nash  Canada Point guard Phoenix Suns
2006 Dwyane Wade  United States Shooting guard Miami Heat
2007 LeBron James  United States Small forward Cleveland Cavaliers
2008 Kobe Bryant  United States Shooting guard Los Angeles Lakers
2009 LeBron James (2)  United States Small forward Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 Kobe Bryant (2) †  United States Shooting guard Los Angeles Lakers
2011 Dirk Nowitzki  Germany Power forward Dallas Mavericks
2012 LeBron James (3) †  United States Small forward Miami Heat
2013 LeBron James (4) †  United States Small forward Miami Heat
2014 Kevin Durant  United States Small forward Oklahoma City Thunder
2015 Stephen Curry  United States Point guard Golden State Warriors
2016 LeBron James (5) †  United States Small forward Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 LeBron James (6)  United States Small forward Cleveland Cavaliers
2018 LeBron James (7)  United States Small forward Cleveland Cavaliers

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance between February 2001 and June 2002.

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