NBA Players Union Unveils ‘Basketball Players Awards’

by April 28, 2015

Voting has already begun for the first annual Basketball Players Awards to be held in Las Vegas this July.

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) revealed the categories for this new batch of awards Monday afternoon, launching a new ear of peer review in the L.

The union cited The Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards and The Academy Awards as guiding principles.

From the press release:

“We as players want the opportunity to recognize our peers,” said Carmelo Anthony. “We are making that happen with our own award show.”


Most Valuable Player
Best Rookie
Man of the Year
Best Defender
Global Impact Player
Hardest to Guard
Clutch Performer
Coach You Would Want to Play For
Best Home Court Advantage
Player You Secretly Wish Was on Your Team


“Our players have long wanted to recognize greatness from within their own ranks, and with the first-ever Basketball Players Awards we have created a vehicle for them to do so,” said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts. “The level of participation from players in the voting process has been overwhelming so far and we are looking forward to unveiling all of the results this July in Las Vegas.”