A Recap of the 2017 NBA Awards


Just in case you missed it



And just like that the NBA 2016-2017 is over. But the celebrations are far from finished. Enter the long-awaited 2017 NBA Awards, where the best of the best and the most improved players and coaches of the year are recognized. Though this time, the guys at the NBA did it differently; the season-ending awards was aired live on TNT and featured new categories, with winners exclusively determined by fan voting.


Kia NBA Most Valuable Player

Nominees: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)

Winner: Russell Westbrook



Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Nominees: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Rody Gobert (Utah Jazz), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)

Winner: Draymond Green


Kia Most Improved Player

Nominees: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), Rody Gobert (Utah Jazz), Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

Winner: Giannis Antetokounmpo



Kia NBA Sixth Man Award

Nominees: Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Andre Igoudala (Golden State Warriors), Lou Williams (Houston Rockets)

Winner: Eric Gordon


Kia NBA Rookie of the Year

Nominees: Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Dario Saric (Philadelphia 76ers)

Winner: Malcolm Brogdon



NBA Coach of the Year

Nominees: Mike D’Antoni (Houston Rockets), Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs), Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat)

Winner: Mike D’Antoni


NBA Basketball Executive of the Year

Winner: Bob Myers (Golden State Warriors)


NBA Sportsmanship Award

Winner: Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)


NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Winner: Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics)


Sager Strong Award

Winner: Monty Williams (San Antonio Spurs)


Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Bill Russell




Nominees: Golden State's Kevin Durant hits pull-up 3-pointer late in Game 3 of The Finals, Boston's Isaiah Thomas scores career-high 53 points amidst personal tragedy, Washington's John Wall with game-winning shot in East semifinals

Winner: Kevin Durant’s 3-pointer in Game 3 of The Finals



Nominees: Golden State’s Klay Thompson scores 60 in three quarters vs. Indiana, Phoenix’s Devin Booker 70-point game vs. Boston,
Houston’s James Harden nets 53-16-17 triple double vs. New York, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook with most points in a triple double, 57-13-11, vs. Orlando

Winner: Klay Thompson scores 60 in three quarters vs. Indiana



Nominees: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook vs. Denver, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving vs. Golden State, Phoenix’s Tyler Ulis vs. Boston

Winner: Russell Westbrook vs. Denver



Hustle Award

Winner: Patrick Beverly (Houston Rockets)



Nominees: Oklahoma City’s Victor Oladipo vs. Atlanta, Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance, Jr. vs. Brooklyn, Minnesota’s Zach LaVine vs. Phoenix

Winner: Victor Oladipo vs. Atlanta



Nominees: San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard vs. Houston, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis vs. Brooklyn, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside vs. Toronto

Winner: Kawhi Leonard vs. Houston




Nominees: Golden State’s Draymond Green to Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant, Denver’s Nikola Jokic with no-look pass, LA Clippers’ Chris Paul with wraparound pass

Winner: Draymond Green to Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant


Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award

Winner: Dirk Nowitzki



Nominees: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert, Chicago’s Dwyane Wade

Winner: Russell Westbrook    



NBA All-Rookie Team

Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks, Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers, Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings, Willy Hernangomez, New York Knicks


NBA All-Defensive Team

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, Chris Paul, LA Clippers, Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets



Congratulations to all the winners!