The National Basketball Player’s Association hosted their first annual ‘Players Awards’ on Sunday in Las Vegas and last night it aired on BET, though we’re not sure anyone was really watching.
The inaugural award show featured a handful of unique awards including ‘Best Home Court Advantage,’ ‘Hardest To Guard,’ and ‘Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team,’ which was won by LeBron James.
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There was also a ‘Gamechanger Award’ which went home with Allen Iverson. Rocking his patented baggy shorts, Iverson began his speech by honoring Michael Jordan saying;
“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be on this stage,” Iverson said. “I wouldn’t have had the vision to be a basketball player. So I love him for that, and I honor him for that.”
Other award winners on the night include James Harden, who took home the MVP Award, but winning ‘MVP’ honors at a BET televised Players Awards show is like not being selected to your youth all-star team as a kid, but winning the ‘Sportsmanship Award’ instead. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
The ‘Best Defender Award’ went to DeAndre Jordan for the ferocity with which he rejected Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks this off-season.
The Golden State Warriors were the big winners at the first annual NBPA Players Awards, as Steph Curry took home the ‘Hardest To Guard’ and ‘Clutch Performer’ Awards. Best Home Court Advantage went to Golden State’s Oracle Arena.
Check out a full list of the winners below, after a brief explanation as to why Steph Curry won the ‘Hardest To Guard’ Award.
|Most Valuable Player||James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets|
|Best Defender||DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers|
|Man of the Year||Ray Allen|
|Hardest to Guard||Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors|
|Clutch Performer||Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors|
|Coach You Most Want to Play For||Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs|
|Game-Changer Honor||Allen Iverson|
|Oscar Robertson Visionary Award||Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers|
|Best Homecourt Advantage||Oracle Arena (Golden State Warriors)|
|Player You Secretly Wish Was on Your Team||LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers|