List of National Basketball Association awards

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National Basketball Association awards and honors
Championship
Individual awards
Honors

The National Basketball Association (NBA) presents 12 annual awards to recognize its teams, players, and coaches for their accomplishments. This does not include the NBA championship trophy which is given to the winning team of the NBA Finals.

The NBA's championship trophy made its first appearance after the inaugural NBA Finals in 1947. In 1964, it was named after Walter A. Brown who was instrumental in merging the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League into the NBA.[1][2] The Brown Trophy design remained the same until 1977 when the current trophy design was first introduced although it retained the Walter A. Brown title.[3] In 1984, the trophy was renamed to honor former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien.[3][4][5]

The NBA's first individual awards were the Rookie of the Year and the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, both of which were introduced in 1953.[6][7] The only individual award of the postseason is the Bill Russell Finals MVP. The Executive of the Year is the only award not presented by the NBA. It is named annually by Sporting News but is officially recognized by the NBA.[8]

Through the 2015–16 season, each individual award, with the exception of the Finals MVP, was awarded at the end of the regular season while the NBA Playoffs were ongoing. This procedure was different from the other major professional sports leagues, which have long handed out individual awards after their postseasons have concluded. The 2016–17 season was the first in which the NBA held an awards show after the completion of the Finals,[9] during which the winners of all season-long individual awards are announced[10] except for the winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, which continues to be announced during the playoffs.[11]

Aside from these annual awards, the league also has weekly and monthly honors during the regular season for its players and coaches.

Team trophies[edit]

Image Award Created Description Most recent winner Notes
Larry O'Brien Trophy 1977 The NBA's championship trophy; awarded to the winning team of the NBA Finals. Golden State Warriors [3][4]
Walter A. Brown Trophy 1947 The NBA's first championship trophy which was awarded to the winning team of the NBA Finals until it was replaced with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. N/A; trophy retired after 1977 [5]

Honors[edit]

Honor Created Description Notes
All-NBA Team 1947 Three 5-player teams (a first, second, and third team) composed of the best players in the league during the regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. [12]
All-Rookie Team 1963 Two 5-player teams (a first and second team) composed of the top rookies during the regular season as voted by NBA head coaches. The coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their own team. [13]
All-Defensive Team 1969 Two 5-player teams (a first and second team) composed of the best defensive players in the league during the regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. [14]

Individual awards[edit]

the trophy at a championship parade
Bill Russell Finals Most Valuable Player Trophy
Award Created Description Most recent winner(s) Notes
All-Star Game MVP 1951 Awarded to the best performing player of the annual NBA All-Star Game as voted by a panel of media members. Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) [15]
Rookie of the Year
(Eddie Gottlieb Trophy)
1953 Awarded to the top rookie of the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks) [7]
Most Valuable Player
(Maurice Podoloff Trophy)
1956 Awarded to the best performing player of the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters and media members. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) [16]
Coach of the Year
(Red Auerbach Trophy)
1963 Awarded to the best coach of the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters and media members. Mike D'Antoni (Houston Rockets) (2x) [17]
NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
(Bill Russell Trophy)
1969 Named after Bill Russell;[18] awarded to the best performing player of the NBA Finals as voted by a panel of nine media members.[a] Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) [19]
Executive of the Year 1973 Awarded to the NBA's top front office executive as voted by the executives from the league's 30 teams. Bob Myers (Golden State Warriors) (2x) [20]
Citizenship Award
(J. Walter Kennedy Trophy)
1975 Named after J. Walter Kennedy; awarded to a team member who showed "great service and dedication to the community" as voted by the PBWA. LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) [11]
Defensive Player of the Year 1983 Awarded to the top defensive player of the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) [21]
Sixth Man of the Year 1983 Awarded to the best performing player as a substitute (or sixth man) during the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters. Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets) [22]
Most Improved Player 1986 Awarded to the most improved player in the NBA as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) [23]
Sportsmanship Award
(Joe Dumars Trophy)
1996 Awarded to the player who most displays "the ideals of sportsmanship on the court with ethical behavior, fair play and integrity" as voted by NBA players. Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) [24]
Teammate of the Year
(TwymanStokes Trophy)
2013 Awarded to the "ideal teammate" who exemplifies "selfless play and commitment and dedication to his team" as voted by NBA players. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) [25]
Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 Awarded to the NBA player who has had a lifetime of achievement in the NBA. Bill Russell (Boston Celtics) [26]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a Though the award winner is usually determined by nine votes, fans balloting on NBA.com accounted for the tenth vote in at least one NBA Finals.[27][28]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  10. ^ "2017 NBA Awards Finalists". National Basketball Association. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James wins PBWA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award" (Press release). National Basketball Association. May 21, 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
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  14. ^ "Kobe, Garnett Headline All-Defensive Team". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 12, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2008. 
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  20. ^ "Bob Myers Named 2016-17 NBA Executive of the Year" (Press release). Golden State Warriors. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Defensive of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Sixth Man of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 2, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Antetokounmpo adds to trophy case with NBA’s Most Improved Player award". Fox Sports Wisconsin. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
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  25. ^ "Dirk Nowitzki wins 2016-17 Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year, says he hopes to be around 'a couple more years'". SportsDay DFW. The Dallas Morning News. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
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  27. ^ Mike Bresnahan (June 19, 2008). "Numbers from final game tell bad tale for Lakers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  28. ^ Johnny Ludden (June 25, 2005). "MVP voting as close as the series". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved July 15, 2008.