There weren’t many surprises during the first annual NBA Awards Show on Monday, but the night didn’t go down without a bit of controversy.
On not winning the Game Winner of the Year, Heat guard Dion Waiters tweeted that “politics” was the main reason why he was snubbed.
— Philly Cheese 🧀 (@dionwaiters3) June 27, 2017
Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr was a “salty” about his Dunk of the Year (and probably for good reason).
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) June 27, 2017
Rockets guard Lou Williams thought he deserved the Sixth Man of the Year award, but was confused after finishing a distant third in the voting.
And while Russell Westbrook deserved praise for his amazing season, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie threw some slight shade in the Brodie’s direction after the MVP award was announced.
Make sure you scroll through the gallery up top to see what else players around the League had to say about the 2017 NBA Player Awards, and peep the full list of winners below:
MVP: Russell Westbrook
Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon
Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green
Sixth Man Award: Eric Gordon
Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni
NBA EXECUTIVE-VOTED AWARD
Executive of the Year: Bob Myers
Teammate of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki
Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker
Community Assist Award: Isaiah Thomas
Performance of the Year: Klay Thompson scores 60 in three quarters vs Pacers
Game Winner of the Year: Russell Westbrook vs Nuggets
Dunk of the Year: Victor Oladipo vs Hawks
Assist of the Year: Draymond Green to Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant vs Pacers
Block of the Year: Kawhi Leonard vs Rockets
Best Playoff Moment: Kevin Durant vs Cavs in Game 3 of the Finals
Best Style: Russell Westbrook
SPECIAL NBA AWARDS HONORS
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Russell
Sager Strong Award: Monty Williams
Hustle Stats Award: Patrick Beverley
Jr. NBA Coach of the Year: Carrie Berran of Eagan, MN
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