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A Complete List of NBA Awards

There are a number of awards given to NBA Teams as well as NBA Players during the NBA season. We have taken an in-depth look at all the awards given and have supplied a reason as to why the trophies have certain names and the significance of these names. We also list the winners of each trophy for ease of reference. Below is the complete list of NBA Awards that are handed out each season.

  • Larry O’Brien Trophy – NBA Champions
  • Bob Cousy Trophy – Eastern Conference Finals Winner
  • Oscar Robertson Trophy – Western Conference Finals Winner
  • Nat “Sweatwater” Clifton Trophy – Atlantic Division Winner
  • Wayne Embry Trophy – Central Division Winner
  • Earl Lloyd Trophy – South East Division Winner
  • Willis Reed Trophy – South West Division Winner
  • Sam Jones Trophy – North East Division Winner
  • Chuck Cooper Trophy – Pacific Division Winner
  • Red Auerbach Trophy –  Coach of the Year
  • J. Walter Kennedy Trophy – Citizenship Award
  • Executive of the Year Trophy – Executive of the Year (yet to be named)
  • NBA Lifetime Achievement Award

NBA Team Awards

There are nine NBA Team awards and unfortunately, a team cannot win them all. This is because six of the awards go to the winners of each NBA Division. There is an award for the winner of the Eastern Conference and the winner of the Western Conference. Lastly, there is the ultimate prize to be won which is the NBA Championship itself. Below is a list of all the NBA team trophies that could be won.

Year Award CreatedName of AwardDescription
1977Larry O’Brien TrophyThe Larry O’Brien Trophy replaced the Walter A Brown Championship Trophy in 1977 and was named the Larry O’Brien trophy in 1984. The Larry O’Brien Trophy is given to the NBA team which wins the NBA Finals.
2001Bob Cousy TrophyThis trophy has been given to the Eastern Conference Winners since 2001. This trophy was renamed the Bob Cousy Trophy in 2022.
2001Oscar Robertson TrophyThis trophy has been given to the Western Conference Winners since 2001. This trophy was renamed after Oscar Robertson in 2022.
2022Nat “Sweatwater” Clifton TrophyThis trophy is given to the winner of the Atlantic Division. This trophy is named after Nat Clifton.
2022Wanye Embry TrophyThis trophy is given to winner the of the Central Divisions. This trophy is named after Wayne Embry.
2022Earl Lloyd TrophyThe Trophy is given to the winners of the Southeast Division. The trophy is named after Earl Lloyd.
2022Willis Reed TrophyThe Trophy is given to the winners of the Southwest Division. The trophy is named after Willis Reed.
2022Sam Jones TrophyThe Trophy is given to the winners of the Northeast Division and is named after Sam Jones.
2022Chuck Cooper TrophyThe trophy is given to the winners of the Pacific Division and is named after Chuck Cooper.

Larry O’Brien Trophy

Larry O’Brien was commissioner of the NBA from 1975 to 1984. On his retirement in 1984, the NBA Championship Trophy was renamed as the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The Trophy is sterling silver with a 24 Karat overlay and is hand made by Tiffany & Co. The trophy has 16lbs of Sterling Silver in it and the trophy stands two feet tall. The ball on the trophy is regulation size.

When the trophy was redesigned in 1977 the NBA made a significant change. Prior to 1977 a single trophy was handed back and awarded to next seasons winners. From 1977 onwards the trophy was retained by the Champions and a new one forged for each season.

Winners of the Larry O’Brien Trophy

The below list is all the winners of the Larry O’Brien Trophy since its inception as the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 1984. Although teams from 1977 – 1983 received the trophy, it was still named The Walter A. Brown Championship Trophy.

YearLarry O’Brien Trophy Winner
1984Boston Celtics
1985Los Angeles Lakers
1986Boston Celtics
1987Los Angeles Lakers
1988Los Angeles Lakers
1989Detroit Pistons
1990Detroit Pistons
1991Chicago Bulls
1992Chicago Bulls
1993Chicago Bulls
1994Houston Rockets
1995Houston Rockets
1996Chicago Bulls
1997Chicago Bulls
1998Chicago Bulls
1999San Antonio Spurs
2000Los Angeles Lakers
2001Los Angeles Lakers
2002Los Angeles Lakers
2003San Antonio Spurs
2004Detroit Pistons
2005San Antonio Spurs
2006Miami Heat
2007San Antonio Spurs
2008Boston Celtics
2009Los Angeles Lakers
2010Los Angeles Lakers
2011Dallas Mavericks
2012Miami Heat
2013Miami Heat
2014San Antonio Spurs
2015Golden State Warriors
2016Cleveland Cavaliers
2017Golden State Warriors
2018Golden State Warriors
2019Toronto Raptors
2020Los Angeles Lakers
2021Milwaukee Bucks
2022Golden State Warriors

Bob Cousy Trophy – Eastern Conference Winners

Bob Cousy Trophy History

From the leagues inception in 1947 up until 2001 there was no physical trophy awarded to the winners of the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

When the change was made in 2001 the first winners were the Philadelphia 76ers, who, led by Allen Iverson lost in the NBA Finals to the Shaq & Kobe Lakers.

In 2022 a huge NBA wide trophy rebrand saw the trophy named the Bob Cousy trophy after the legendary Celtics Point Guard.

YearBob Cousy Trophy Winner
2022Boston Celtics

Oscar Robertson Trophy – Western Conference Winners

Oscar Robertson Trophy History

From the leagues inception in 1947 up until 2001 there was no physical trophy awarded to the winners of the NBA’s Western Conference.

When the change was made in 2001 the first winners were the LA Lakers, who, Shaq & Kobe, crushed Allen Iverson‘s 76ers in the NBA Finals 4-1.

In 2022 a huge NBA wide trophy rebrand saw the trophy named the Oscar Robinson trophy after the legendary Bucks Triple Double Monster.

YearOscar Robertson Trophy Winner
2022Golden State Warriors

Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton Trophy – Atlantic Division

The winner of the Atlantic Division receives the Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton Trophy. It takes it’s name from Nat Clifton, the first African American to sign an NBA Contract. He also helped the New York Knicks, who are in the Atlantic Division, to their first finals appearance. The inaugural winners of the new trophy in 2022 were the Boston Celtics.

YearNat Sweetwater Clifton Trophy
2022Boston Celts

Wayne Embry Trophy – Central Division Winners

The Wayne Embry Trophy is given to the winners of the Central Division. Wayne Embry was the first African American to be named an NBA General Manager. Embry was General Manager for the Milwaukee Bucks, who play in the central division. The inaugural winners of the new trophy in 2022 were the Milwaukee Bucks’

YearWayne Embry Trophy
2022Milwaukee Bucks

Earl Lloyd Trophy – South East Division

Earl Lloyd was the first African American to play an NBA game. He played for the Syracuse Nationals, who were in the South East Division. The Nationals franchise eventually became the Philadelphia 76ers. From 2022 the winners of the South East Division will receive the Earl Lloyd Trophy. The inaugural winners of the new trophy in 2022 were the Miami Heat.

YearEarl Lloyd Trophy
2022Miami Heat

Willis Reed Trophy – Southwest Division Winner

The NBA’s Southwest Division championship trophy is awarded to the first-placed team in the Southwest Division. Named after player, coach, and general manager Willis Reed. Reed played his entire career with the Knicks, winning two championships. A seven-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection, Reed was Rookie of the Year in 1965 and was named to the league’s 50th and 75th Anniversary teams. The inaugural winners of the new trophy in 2022 were the Memphis Grizzlies.

YearWillis Reed
2022Memphis Grizzlies

Sam Jones Trophy – North East Division Winner

Sam Jones, a graduate of North Carolina Central University, has won more championships than any HBCU graduate who has played in the NBA. He won 10 championships as a member of the Boston Celtics from 1957-69 and was a five-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA selection and a member of the league’s 25th, 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams. Jones was nicknamed “The Shooter” for his ability to hit clutch shots in championship runs. He stood up for the rights of African-Americans in the league and in the country during a pivotal time in the 1960s. The inaugural winners of the new trophy in 2022 were the Utah Jazz.

YearSam Jones Trophy
2022Utah Jazz

Chuck Cooper Trophy –

The first African-American player to be drafted in the NBA, Cooper was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 1950 NBA Draft. A veteran of the Navy, he played six seasons in the league with the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons. The inaugural winners of the new trophy in 2022 were the Phoenix Suns.

YearChuck Coooper Trophy
2022Phoenix Suns

The Maurice Podoloff Trophy

In December 2022 the NBA announced a massive rebrand of their end of season awards and trophies.

Part of this rebrand saw the MVP Trophy, previously called the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, changed to be the Michael Jordan MVP trophy (much more fittting i’m sure you’ll agree). At the same time the NBA created an entirely new trophy. The new Maurice Podoloff Trophy will be awarded to the team with the overall best record each NBA season.

Maurice Podoloff is integral to NBA history as he was the President (Commissioner) that over saw the very foundation of the NBA itself.

Historical back ground information provided by NBA.com

Individual NBA Awards

Every season in the NBA a host of awards are given out to the most deserving players in various categories. In total the NBA awards 13 trophies to individual players each season.

The 13 NBA individual Player trophies are listed below;

  • The Michael Jordan Trophy – Most Valuable Player (MVP)
  • The Jerry West Trophy – Clutch Player of the Year (New Award!)
  • The Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy – Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY)
  • The Wilt Chamberlain Trophy – Rookie of the Year (ROY)
  • The John Havlicek Trophy – Sixth Man of the Year
  • The George Mikan Trophy – Most Improved Player of the Year
  • The Bill Russell Trophy – NBA Finals MVP
  • The Larry Bird Trophy – Eastern Conference Finals MVP
  • The Earvin “Magic” Johnson Trophy – Western Conference Finals MVP
  • The Kobe Bryant Trophy – NBA All-star Game MVP
  • The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award
  • The Joe Dumars Trophy – NBA Sportsmanship Award
  • The Twyman–Stokes Trophy – Teammate of the Year Award

There are also 4 individual awards not given to active NBA players each year. These are;

  • Red Auerbach Trophy –  Coach of the Year
  • J. Walter Kennedy Trophy – Citizenship Award
  • Executive of the Year Trophy – Executive of the Year (yet to be named)

Let’s take a deeper look at each NBA individual awards history, notable past winners and reason for it having the name it does. Let’s start with the GOAT of all awards…

The Michael Jordan Trophy – Most Valuable Player (MVP)

This has always been considered the GOAT of NBA awards and now it’s named after the NBA’s GOAT, his Airness and 5 time MVP, Michael Jordan. In December 2022 the NBA announced a host of award re-brandings and unveiled new trophies with the Michael Jordan MVP trophy being the flagship

The Michael Jordan Most Valuable Player award goes to the player considered to be the most valuable to their team in the regular season. This award is voted on by the media and is highly contested and highly regarded. Outside of championships won, when a great player’s overall greatness is assessed, it’s often MVP’s that form the next talking point.

The NBAs MVP award has been given out since the 1955-56 season when it was first won by Bob Petit of the St Louis Hawks. The last winner before the trophy was renamed for Jordan  was Nicola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets who sealed back to back MVPs in 2021 and 2022.

Since 1981, the award has been decided by a selected portion of the Basketball media, often leading to much disagreement about the correct winner being awarded the trophy. Prior to 1981 it was voted on by the players themselves, often leading to bias and bitter voting practices.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won the most NBA MVP awards, with 6 spanning 1971-1980.

A list of NBA MVP Winners

SeasonMVP WinnerTeam
1955–56Bob PettitSt. Louis Hawks
1956–57Bob CousyBoston Celtics
1957–58Bill RussellBoston Celtics
1958–59Bob PettitSt. Louis Hawks
1959–60Wilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia Warriors
1960–61Bill RussellBoston Celtics
1961–62Bill RussellBoston Celtics
1962–63Bill RussellBoston Celtics
1963–64Oscar RobertsonCincinnati Royals
1964–65Bill RussellBoston Celtics
1965–66Wilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia 76ers
1966–67Wilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia 76ers
1967–68Wilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia 76ers
1968–69Wes UnseldBaltimore Bullets
1969–70Willis ReedNew York Knicks
1970–71Kareem Abdul-JabbarMilwaukee Bucks
1971–72Kareem Abdul-JabbarMilwaukee Bucks
1972–73Dave CowensBoston Celtics
1973–74Kareem Abdul-JabbarMilwaukee Bucks
1974–75Bob McAdooBuffalo Braves
1975–76Kareem Abdul-JabbarLos Angeles Lakers
1976–77Kareem Abdul-JabbarLos Angeles Lakers
1977–78Bill WaltonPortland Trail Blazers
1978–79Moses MaloneHouston Rockets
1979–80Kareem Abdul-JabbarLos Angeles Lakers
1980–81Julius Erving*Philadelphia 76ers
1981–82Moses MaloneHouston Rockets
1982–83Moses MalonePhiladelphia 76ers
1983–84Larry BirdBoston Celtics
1984–85Larry BirdBoston Celtics
1985–86Larry BirdBoston Celtics
1986–87Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1987–88Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1988–89Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1989–90Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1990–91Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1991–92Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1992–93Charles BarkleyPhoenix Suns
1993–94Hakeem OlajuwonHouston Rockets
1994–95David RobinsonSan Antonio Spurs
1995–96Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1996–97Karl MaloneUtah Jazz
1997–98Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1998–99Karl MaloneUtah Jazz
1999–00Shaquille O’NealLos Angeles Lakers
2000–01Allen IversonPhiladelphia 76ers
2001–02Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
2002–03Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
2003–04Kevin GarnettMinnesota Timberwolves
2004–05Steve NashPhoenix Suns
2005–06Steve NashPhoenix Suns
2006–07Dirk NowitzkiDallas Mavericks
2007–08Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
2008–09LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
2009–10LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
2010–11Derrick RoseChicago Bulls
2011–12LeBron JamesMiami Heat
2012–13LeBron JamesMiami Heat
2013–14Kevin DurantOklahoma City Thunder
2014–15Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors
2015–16Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors
2016–17Russell WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder
2017–18James HardenHouston Rockets
2018–19Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
2019–20Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
2020–21Nikola JokićDenver Nuggets
2021–22Nikola JokićDenver Nuggets

The Jerry West Trophy – Clutch Player of the Year

 The Jerry West trophy for Clutch player of the year will be awarded for the first time  in 2023

The Jerry West trophy for Clutch Player of the year is awarded to the NBA player that comes through for their teammates in the clutch. Named for NBA guard Jerry West who had the moniker “Mr Clutch” during his playing days. The award was introduced in 2022, it will be awarded for the first time at the end of the 2022-23 NBA Regular season.

The Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy – Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY)

 The Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy for Defensive Player of the Year was introduced for the 2022-23 season

When it comes to defensive players that also played at an elite MVP level, Hakeem is one of the first names on the list. Winning 2 defensive player of the year titles, 1 MVP and two Finals MVPs to go alongside his 2 NBA Championships, his is a worthy name to be attached to such a prestigious award. In an era where more and more specialist players are seeing both offense and defense being pushed to new limits, it’s nice to look back to a man that could do it all at an elite level.

The Defensive Player of the year trophy has been awarded since 1983 when Sidney Moncrief won it while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Moncrief would go on to repeat the feat the following year.

Like the majority of NBA individual awards the defensive player of the year award is voted on by a select panel of the basketball media.

The players with the most NBA Defensive Player of the year awards are Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo who each won 4 awards. Behind them are Dwight Howard and Rudy Gobert with 3 awards each. Gobert is a strong candidate to gain his 4th DPOY award, joining the top tier.

The final winner of the award before it was rebranded with Hakeem’s name was Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics, breaking a 26 year streak of it being won by forwards or centers. Gary Payton was the last Guard to win the award in 1996.

List of NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners

SeasonNBA DPOY WinnerTeam
1983Sidney MoncriefMilwaukee Bucks
1984Sidney MoncriefMilwaukee Bucks
1985Mark EatonUtah Jazz
1986Alvin RobertsonSan Antonio Spurs
1987Michael CooperLos Angeles Lakers
1988Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1989Mark EatonUtah Jazz
1990Dennis RodmanDetroit Pistons
1991Dennis RodmanDetroit Pistons
1992David RobinsonSan Antonio Spurs
1993Hakeem OlajuwonHouston Rockets
1994Hakeem OlajuwonHouston Rockets
1995Dikembe MutomboDenver Nuggets
1996Gary PaytonSeattle SuperSonics
1997Dikembe MutomboAtlanta Hawks
1998Dikembe MutomboAtlanta Hawks
1999Alonzo MourningMiami Heat
2000Alonzo MourningMiami Heat
2001Dikembe MutomboPhiladelphia 76ers
2002Ben WallaceDetroit Pistons
2003Ben WallaceDetroit Pistons
2004Metta World PeaceIndiana Pacers
2005Ben WallaceDetroit Pistons
2006Ben WallaceDetroit Pistons
2007Marcus CambyDenver Nuggets
2008Kevin GarnettBoston Celtics
2009Dwight HowardOrlando Magic
2010Dwight HowardOrlando Magic
2011Dwight HowardOrlando Magic
2012Tyson ChandlerNew York Knicks
2013Marc GasolMemphis Grizzlies
2014Joakim NoahChicago Bulls
2015Kawhi LeonardSan Antonio Spurs
2016Kawhi LeonardSan Antonio Spurs
2017Draymond GreenGolden State Warriors
2018Rudy GobertUtah Jazz
2019Rudy GobertUtah Jazz
2020Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
2021Rudy GobertUtah Jazz
2022Marcus SmartBoston Celtics

The Wilt Chamberlain Trophy – Rookie of the Year (ROY)

The Wilt Chamberlain Trophy for Rookie of the year was introduced for the 2022-23 season

Wilt Chamberlain was perhaps the most individually dominant player within any era. He achieved many feats that may never be surpassed. He averaged 50 points a game for an entire season, he scored 100 points in a single game and perhaps most impressively in 1960 he won NBA MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season. That’s right, Wilt Chamberlain was so good, he won NBA MVP as a Rookie. He is the only NBA player to ever do so.

(In 1980 Magic Johnson came close when he won NBA Finals MVP in his Rookie year, although he missed out on Rookie of the Year to his arch nemesis Larry Bird.)

It is only fitting therefore that the Rookie of the Year Trophy should be named after the Warriors and Lakers big man. The NBA made this a reality in December 2022 when they announced a wide award rebranding and trophy update. The Wilt Chamberlain Rookie of the Year Trophy will be awarded for the first time for the 2023 NBA Regular season.

The Rookie of the year trophy has been awarded since 1953 when William Melchionni of the Fort Wayne Pistons won the award. The final winner of Rookie of the Year  before the award was rebranded for Wilt Chamberlain was Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors.

A good indicator of who will win Rookie of the Year is who is winning the Rookie of the Month awards. Back in 2003-04 Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony won every single Western Conference Rookie of the month award. Despite this incredible feat he failed to secure Rookie of the Year. Why? The Beast from the East. Lebron James.

List of NBA Rookie of the Year Winners

SeasonRookie of the Year WinnerTeam
1953William MelchionniFort Wayne Pistons
1954Raymond FelixBaltimore Bullets
1955Bob PettitMilwaukee Hawks
1956Maurice StokesRochester Royals
1957Thomas HeinsohnBoston Celtics
1958Woody SauldsberryPhiladelphia Warriors
1959Elgin BaylorMinneapolis Lakers
1960Wilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia Warriors
1961Oscar RobertsonCincinnati Royals
1962Walt BellamyChicago Packers
1963Terry DischingerChicago Zephyrs
1964Jerry LucasCincinnati Royals
1965Willis ReedNew York Knicks
1966Rick BarrySan Francisco Warriors
1967David BingDetroit Pistons
1968Earl MonroeBaltimore Bullets
1969Westley UnseldBaltimore Bullets
1970Kareem Abdul-JabbarMilwaukee Bucks
1971David CowensBoston Celtics
1971Geoff PetriePortland Trail Blazers
1972Sidney WicksPortland Trail Blazers
1973Bob McAdooBuffalo Braves
1974Ernie DigregorioBuffalo Braves
1975Jamaal WilkesGolden State Warriors
1976Alvan AdamsPhoenix Suns
1977Adrian DantleyBuffalo Braves
1978Walt DavisPhoenix Suns
1979Phil FordKansas City Kings
1980Larry BirdBoston Celtics
1981Darrell GriffithUtah Jazz
1982Buck WilliamsNew Jersey Nets
1983Terry CummingsSan Diego Clippers
1984Ralph SampsonHouston Rockets
1985Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1986Patrick EwingNew York Knicks
1987Chuck PersonIndiana Pacers
1988Mark JacksonNew York Knicks
1989Mitch RichmondGolden State Warriors
1990David RobinsonSan Antonio Spurs
1991Derrick ColemanNew Jersey Nets
1992Larry JohnsonCharlotte Hornets
1993Shaquille O’NealOrlando Magic
1994Chris WebberGolden State Warriors
1995Grant HillDetroit Pistons
1995Jason KiddDallas Mavericks
1996Damon StoudamireToronto Raptors
1997Allen IversonPhiladelphia 76ers
1998Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
1999Vince CarterToronto Raptors
2000Elton BrandChicago Bulls
2000Steve FrancisHouston Rockets
2001Mike MillerOrlando Magic
2002Pau GasolMemphis Grizzlies
2003Amar’e StoudemirePhoenix Suns
2004LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
2005Emeka OkaforCharlotte Bobcats
2006Chris PaulNO/Oklahoma City Hornets
2007Brandon RoyPortland Trail Blazers
2008Kevin DurantSeattle SuperSonics
2009Derrick RoseChicago Bulls
2010Tyreke EvansSacramento Kings
2011Blake GriffinLA Clippers
2012Kyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers
2013Damian LillardPortland Trail Blazers
2014Michael Carter-WilliamsPhiladelphia 76ers
2015Andrew WigginsMinnesota Timberwolves
2016Karl-Anthony TownsMinnesota Timberwolves
2017Malcolm BrogdonMilwaukee Bucks
2018Ben SimmonsPhiladelphia 76ers
2019Luka DoncicDallas Mavericks
2020Ja MorantMemphis Grizzlies
2021LaMelo BallCharlotte Hornets
2022Scottie BarnesToronto Raptors

The John Havlicek Trophy – Sixth Man of the Year

The John Havlicek Trophy for Sixth Man was introduced for the 2022-23 season

John Havlicek played almost 1,500 games for the Boston Celtics between his Rookie Season 1962 and his retirement in 1978. Many of these games saw him coming off the bench to support his Celtics teammates on their quest for multiple NBA Championships. He sacrificed despite his prodigious talent and it paid off. Havlicek won 8 titles with the Boston Celtics playing alongside Bill Russell.

In December 2022 the NBA announced that the Sixth Man of the year award would be renamed the John Havlicek Sixth Man of the Year award to honor his legacy and sacrifice.

The NBA Sixthman of the Year trophy has been awarded since 1983 when it was won by Bobby Jones of the 76ers. John Havlicek retired before the award was created so never won it himself.

The last winner of the NBA Sixthman of the year award before it was rebranded as the John Havlicek Sixthman of the year award was Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat.

YEARPLAYERTEAM
1983Bobby JonesPhiladelphia 76ers
1984Kevin McHaleBoston Celtics
1985Kevin McHaleBoston Celtics
1986Bill WaltonBoston Celtics
1987Ricky PierceMilwaukee Bucks
1988Roy TarpleyDallas Mavericks
1989Eddie JohnsonPhoenix Suns
1990Ricky PierceMilwaukee Bucks
1991Detlef SchrempfIndiana Pacers
1992Detlef SchrempfIndiana Pacers
1993Clifford RobinsonPortland Trail Blazers
1994Dell CurryCharlotte Hornets
1995Anthony MasonNew York Knicks
1996Toni KukocChicago Bulls
1997John StarksNew York Knicks
1998Danny ManningPhoenix Suns
1999Darrel ArmstrongOrlando Magic
2000Rodney RogersPhoenix Suns
2001Aaron McKiePhiladelphia 76ers
2002Corliss WilliamsonDetroit Pistons
2003Bobby JacksonSacramento Kings
2004Antawn JamisonDallas Mavericks
2005Ben GordonChicago Bulls
2006Mike MillerMemphis Grizzlies
2007Leandro BarbosaPhoenix Suns
2008Manu GinobiliSan Antonio Spurs
2009Jason TerryDallas Mavericks
2010Jamal CrawfordAtlanta Hawks
2011Lamar OdomLos Angeles Lakers
2012James HardenOklahoma City Thunder
2013JR SmithNew York Knicks
2014Jamal CrawfordLA Clippers
2015Lou WilliamsToronto Raptors
2016Jamal CrawfordLA Clippers
2017Eric GordonHouston Rockets
2018Lou WilliamsLA Clippers
2019Lou WilliamsLA Clippers
2020Montrezl HarrellLA Clippers
2021Jordan ClarksonUtah Jazz
2022Tyler HerroMiami Heat

The George Mikan Trophy – Most Improved Player of the Year

The George Mikan Trophy for Most  Improved NBA player was introduced for the 2022-23 season

George Mikan dominated the NBA between his Rookie Season in 1948 and his retirement in 1956. He won 4 NBA titles in the early years of the NBA and was so dominant that the league continuously had to change the rules to account for his size, skill and athleticism. Nicknamed Mr Basketball he was a player ahead of his time. Undoubtedly one of the all time greats, he played before most of the NBA’s individual awards were established.

Mikan was dominant the day he came into the newly formed NBA until the day he left. Despite having to continuously re-invent his game to account for rule changes designed to make it more difficult for him specifically. Perhaps this is why the most improved player award has been named for him. A pioneer of the game, worthy of an award to be named for him no matter what it is.

The NBAs Most Improved Player Award has been given since 1986 when it was won by Alvin Robertson of the San Antonio Spurs. No player has ever won the award twice, despite it theoretically being allowed. 

The NBA’s most improved player award has been given for a wide range of reasons, but always because a player has made a significant jump from their recent best. When Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies won it in 2022 there was a lot of debate due to his already high levels of performance the previous season. It is unusual for a player to get it by going from great to getting MVP buzz like Morant did. Usually the award is reserved for players with a lower reputation busting through and becoming a key part of that season’s NBA story through their on court play.

List of NBA Most Improved Player Winners

SeasonNBA Most Improved Player WinnerTeam
1986Alvin RobertsonSan Antonio Spurs
1987Dale EllisSeattle SuperSonics
1988Kevin DuckworthPortland Trail Blazers
1989Kevin JohnsonPhoenix Suns
1990Rony SeikalyMiami Heat
1991Scott SkilesOrlando Magic
1992Pervis EllisonWashington Bullets
1993Mahmoud Abdul-RaufDenver Nuggets
1994Don MacleanWashington Bullets
1995Dana BarrosPhiladelphia 76ers
1996Gheorghe MuresanWashington Bullets
1997Isaac AustinMiami Heat
1998Alan HendersonAtlanta Hawks
1999Darrel ArmstrongOrlando Magic
2000Jalen RoseIndiana Pacers
2001Tracy McGradyOrlando Magic
2002Jermaine O’NealIndiana Pacers
2003Gilbert ArenasGolden State Warriors
2004Zach RandolphPortland Trail Blazers
2005Bobby SimmonsLA Clippers
2006Boris DiawPhoenix Suns
2007Monta EllisGolden State Warriors
2008Hedo TurkogluOrlando Magic
2009Danny GrangerIndiana Pacers
2010Aaron BrooksHouston Rockets
2011Kevin LoveMinnesota Timberwolves
2012Ryan AndersonOrlando Magic
2013Paul GeorgeIndiana Pacers
2014Goran DragicPhoenix Suns
2015Jimmy ButlerChicago Bulls
2016CJ McCollumPortland Trail Blazers
2017Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
2018Victor OladipoIndiana Pacers
2019Pascal SiakamToronto Raptors
2020Brandon IngramNew Orleans Pelicans
2021Julius RandleNew York Knicks
2022Ja MorantMemphis Grizzlies

The Bill Russell Trophy – NBA Finals MVP

The Bill Russell Trophy for NBA FInals MVP was re-designed for the 2021-22 season.

For many NBA players NBA Finals MVP will be the award they seek the most. Being the regular season MVP is pretty good. But really, at that point you haven’t really won anything yet. Any player good enough to win Regular Season MVP should consider themselves good enough to win the title, if they’re good enough to win the title, being awarded Finals MVP and being recognised as the most valuable player on a team that won it all… well that is why we get up each morning.

In 2009 the NBA announced that the NBA Finals MVP would be named after the 11 time champion who never won Finals MVP. The late, great Bill Russell won the NBA title the first year it was awarded. However he was not awarded Finals MVP as that award famously went to the Lakers Jerry West, who remains the only player to ever receive the award on the losing team. Russell retired at the end of that season and would never have the chance to win the NBA Finals MVP award that is now named after him.

Michael Jordan played in six NBA Finals, won six titles and claimed six Finals MVPs. This remains the most of all time. Lebron James comes in second with 4 NBA Finals MVPs from 10 trips to the NBA Finals.

List of NBA Finals MVP Winners

SeasonNBA Finals MVPTeam
1969Jerry WestLos Angeles Lakers
1970Willis ReedNew York Knicks
1971Kareem Abdul-JabbarMilwaukee Bucks
1972Wilt ChamberlainLos Angeles Lakers
1973Willis ReedNew York Knicks
1974John HavlicekBoston Celtics
1975Rick BarryGolden State Warriors
1976Joe WhiteBoston Celtics
1977Bill WaltonPortland Trail Blazers
1978Westley UnseldWashington Bullets
1979Dennis JohnsonSeattle SuperSonics
1980Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1981Cedric MaxwellBoston Celtics
1982Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1983Moses MalonePhiladelphia 76ers
1984Larry BirdBoston Celtics
1985Kareem Abdul-JabbarLos Angeles Lakers
1986Larry BirdBoston Celtics
1987Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1988James WorthyLos Angeles Lakers
1989Joe DumarsDetroit Pistons
1990Isiah ThomasDetroit Pistons
1991Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1992Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1993Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1994Hakeem OlajuwonHouston Rockets
1995Hakeem OlajuwonHouston Rockets
1996Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1997Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1998Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1999Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
2000Shaquille O’NealLos Angeles Lakers
2001Shaquille O’NealLos Angeles Lakers
2002Shaquille O’NealLos Angeles Lakers
2003Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
2004Chauncey BillupsDetroit Pistons
2005Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
2006Dwyane WadeMiami Heat
2007Tony ParkerSan Antonio Spurs
2008Paul PierceBoston Celtics
2009Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
2010Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
2011Dirk NowitzkiDallas Mavericks
2012LeBron JamesMiami Heat
2013LeBron JamesMiami Heat
2014Kawhi LeonardSan Antonio Spurs
2015Andre IguodalaGolden State Warriors
2016LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
2017Kevin DurantGolden State Warriors
2018Kevin DurantGolden State Warriors
2019Kawhi LeonardToronto Raptors
2020LeBron JamesLos Angeles Lakers
2021Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
2022Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors

The Larry Bird Trophy – Eastern Conference Finals MVP

The Larry Bird Trophy for Eastern Conference Finals MVP was introduced for the 2021-22 season.

Introduced alongside the twinned trophy for the Western Conference, it is fitting that it should be named for Celtics legend Larry Bird. The Western Trophy is named after his career rival, symbolizing the competition that will always exist between East and West as the winners of these two trophies take their sides up against each other in the NBA Finals.

The Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals MVP is a new award that had never been given before the 2021-22 season. It was fittingly won by Celtics current superstar Jason Tatum who is looking to emulate Bird’s success as a career Celtic.

The Earvin “Magic” Johnson Trophy – Western Conference Finals MVP

The Magic Johnson Trophy for Western Conference Finals MVP was introduced for the 2021-22 season.

Introduced alongside the twinned trophy for the Eastern Conference, it is fitting that it should be named for Lakers lifer Irving “Magic” Johnson. The Eastern Trophy is named after his career rival, symbolizing the competition that will always exist between East and West as the winners of these two trophies take their sides up against each other in the NBA Finals.

The Magic Johnson Western Conference Finals MVP is a new award that had never been given before the 2021-22 season. It was won by Steph Curry who, like Johnson, has managed to ignite a fire in basketball fans around the globe, propelling the NBA into a new era of success.

The Kobe Bryant Trophy – NBA All-star Game MVP

The Kobe BryantTrophy for NBA All Star Game MVP  was renamed for the 2020 NBA All Star Game

Following the tragic passing of all time NBA legend Kobe Bryant in January 2020 the NBA renamed the All Star MVP award in his memory. Kobe won the NBA All-star MVP 4 times, tied for joint most with Bob Petitt.

List of NBA All-star Game MVP Winners

SeasonNBA All Star MVPTeam
1951Charles MacauleyBoston Celtics
1952Paul ArizinPhiladelphia Warriors
1953George MikanMinneapolis Lakers
1954Bob CousyBoston Celtics
1955Bill SharmanBoston Celtics
1956Bob PettitSt. Louis Hawks
1957Bob CousyBoston Celtics
1958Bob PettitSt. Louis Hawks
1959Elgin BaylorMinneapolis Lakers
1960Wilt ChamberlainPhiladelphia Warriors
1961Oscar RobertsonCincinnati Royals
1962Bob PettitSt. Louis Hawks
1963Bill RussellBoston Celtics
1964Oscar RobertsonCincinnati Royals
1965Jerry LucasCincinnati Royals
1966Adrian SmithCincinnati Royals
1967Rick BarrySan Francisco Warriors
1968Harold GreerPhiladelphia 76ers
1969Oscar RobertsonCincinnati Royals
1970Willis ReedNew York Knicks
1971Lenny WilkensSeattle SuperSonics
1972Jerry WestLos Angeles Lakers
1973David CowensBoston Celtics
1974Bob LanierDetroit Pistons
1975Walter FrazierNew York Knicks
1976David BingWashington Bullets
1977Julius ErvingPhiladelphia 76ers
1978Edward SmithBuffalo Braves
1979David ThompsonDenver Nuggets
1980George GervinSan Antonio Spurs
1981Nathaniel ArchibaldBoston Celtics
1982Larry BirdBoston Celtics
1983Julius ErvingPhiladelphia 76ers
1984Isiah ThomasDetroit Pistons
1985Ralph SampsonHouston Rockets
1986Isiah ThomasDetroit Pistons
1987Tom ChambersSeattle SuperSonics
1988Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1989Karl MaloneUtah Jazz
1990Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1991Charles BarkleyPhiladelphia 76ers
1992Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1993Karl MaloneUtah Jazz
1993John StocktonUtah Jazz
1994Scottie PippenChicago Bulls
1995Mitch RichmondSacramento Kings
1996Michael JordanChicago Bulls
1997Glen RiceCharlotte Hornets
1998Michael JordanChicago Bulls
2000Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
2000Shaquille O’NealLos Angeles Lakers
2001Allen IversonPhiladelphia 76ers
2002Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
2003Kevin GarnettMinnesota Timberwolves
2004Shaquille O’NealLos Angeles Lakers
2005Allen IversonPhiladelphia 76ers
2006LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
2007Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
2008LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
2009Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
2009Shaquille O’NealPhoenix Suns
2010Dwyane WadeMiami Heat
2011Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
2012Kevin DurantOklahoma City Thunder
2013Chris PaulLA Clippers
2014Kyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers
2015Russell WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder
2016Russell WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder
2017Anthony DavisNew Orleans Pelicans
2018LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
2019Kevin DurantGolden State Warriors
2020Kawhi LeonardLA Clippers
2021Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
2022Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors

The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award

The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award has been given out since 2021

The annual The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award recognizes a current NBA player for pursuing social justice and upholding the NBA’s values of equality, respect and inclusion.

There have been two winners of the Social Justice Champion Award. In 2021, its first edition, the award was given to Carmelo Anthony for his work with the Social Change Fund. In July 2020, Anthony partnered with Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade to create the Social Change Fund. Its aim is to address social and economic justice issues facing black communities.

The following year the award went to Reggie Bullock. Bullock was selected from a group of five finalists for his dedication to pursuing social justice, specifically within the LGBTQ+ community. As the winner he was able to direct $100,000 worth of funding to a charitable organization of his choice. The other 4 finalists each had the opportunity to do the same with $25,000.

The finalist panel and eventual winner are chosen by Kareem himself alongside a select committee.

The Joe Dumars Trophy – NBA Sportsmanship Award

The Joe Dumars Trophy for NBA Sportsmanship is awarded to a current NBA player who “exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court with ethical behavior, fair play, and integrity.” It has been awarded since 1996 when Joe Dumars himself won it.

Every one of the 30 NBA teams nominates one of its players to compete for this award each season. Then one player from each NBA division is selected by a panel as the divisional Sportsmanship Award winners, 6 in total.

At the end of the regular season the award is voted on by the players. Eleven points are given for each first-place vote, nine for second-place vote, seven points for third, five points for fourth, three points for fifth and one point for each sixth place vote received. The player with the highest point total wins the award.

Grant Hill and Mike Conley have won the Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award the most times, both won the award 3 times.

List of NBA Sportsmanship Award Winners

SeasonSportsmanship Award WinnerTeam
1995–96Joe DumarsDetroit Pistons
1996–97Terrell BrandonCleveland Cavaliers
1997–98Avery JohnsonSan Antonio Spurs
1998–99Hersey HawkinsSeattle SuperSonics
1999–00Eric SnowPhiladelphia 76ers
2000–01David RobinsonSan Antonio Spurs
2001–02Steve SmithSan Antonio Spurs
2002–03Ray AllenSeattle SuperSonics
2003–04P. J. BrownNew Orleans Hornets
2004–05Grant HillOrlando Magic
2005–06Elton BrandLos Angeles Clippers
2006–07Luol DengChicago Bulls
2007–08Grant HillPhoenix Suns
2008–09Chauncey BillupsDenver Nuggets
2009–10Grant HillPhoenix Suns
2010–11Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors
2011–12Jason KiddDallas Mavericks
2012–13Jason KiddNew York Knicks
2013–14Mike ConleyMemphis Grizzlies
2014–15Kyle KorverAtlanta Hawks
2015–16Mike ConleyMemphis Grizzlies
2016–17Kemba WalkerCharlotte Hornets
2017–18Kemba WalkerCharlotte Hornets
2018–19Mike ConleyMemphis Grizzlies
2019–20Vince CarterAtlanta Hawks
2020–21Jrue HolidayMilwaukee Bucks
2021–22Patty MillsBrooklyn Nets

The Twyman–Stokes Trophy – Teammate of the Year Award

The Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award has been given every year since 2013

The NBA Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award recognizes the league’s ideal teammate who exemplifies selfless play and commitment and dedication to his team.

The award is named after Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes. Teammates on the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals between 1955 and 1958. Stokes’ career was cut short after he suffered a head injury from a fall during a game. Stokes was paralyzed due to post-traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury that damages the motor-control center. Twyman then became Stokes’ legal guardian and advocate until Stokes died in 1970. One of the most incredible examples of a great teammate in the history of sports, the award worthily named after them.

Every year, 12 players, six from each conference, are nominated by a panel of NBA executives. NBA players then cast votes for the award, with ten points given for each first-place vote, seven for a second-place vote, five points for third, three points for fourth, and one point for each fifth-place vote received.

The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. The NBA presents the winner with the Twyman–Stokes Trophy and gives a $25,000 donation to a charity of the recipient’s choice.

SeasonNBA Teammate Award WinnerTeam
2012–13Chauncey BillupsLos Angeles Clippers
2013–14Shane BattierMiami Heat
2014–15Tim DuncanSan Antonio Spurs
2015–16Vince CarterMemphis Grizzlies
2016–17Dirk NowitzkiDallas Mavericks
2017–18Jamal CrawfordMinnesota Timberwolves
2018–19Mike Conley Jr.Memphis Grizzlies
2019–20Jrue HolidayNew Orleans Pelicans
2020–21Damian LillardPortland Trail Blazers
2021–22Jrue HolidayMilwaukee Bucks

Red Auerbach Trophy –  Coach of the Year

The Red Auerbach Trophy, rebanded in 2022 show’s the great Celtics coach with cigar in hand

The NBA Coach of the year award, it is probably the most significant trophy the NBA gives out that doesn’t go to a player. Strictly based on a coach’s regular season performance it doesn’t always end up in the hands of the title winning coach.

The Award carries the name of the great Celtics coach Red Auerbach who coached the Celtics to 9 NBA titles between 1956 and 1966. He would later add 7 more as GM of the great Boston based Franchise. Red would only win the NBA Coach of the year award once, in 1965. 

The NBA Coach of the year award has been presented every year since 1963 when Harry Gallatin of the St Louis Hawks won the inaugural NBA coach of the year award.

Don Nelson, Pat Riley and Greg Popovich have won the award the most times, each claiming 3 NBA Coach of the year titles.

List of NBA Coach of the Year Winners

SeasonNBA Coach of the Year WinnerTeamRecord
1963Harry GallatinSt. Louis Hawks48-32
1964Alexander HannumSan Francisco Warriors48-32
1965Red AuerbachBoston Celtics62-18
1966Adolph SchayesPhiladelphia 76ers55-25
1967John KerrChicago Bulls33-48
1968Richard GuerinSt. Louis Hawks56-26
1969Eugene ShueBaltimore Bullets57-25
1970Red HolzmanNew York Knicks60-22
1971Dick MottaChicago Bulls51-31
1972Bill SharmanLos Angeles Lakers69-13
1973Thomas HeinsohnBoston Celtics68-14
1974Ray ScottDetroit Pistons52-30
1975Phil JohnsonKansas City-Omaha Kings44-38
1976Bill FitchCleveland Cavaliers49-33
1977Tom NissalkeHouston Rockets49-33
1978Hubie BrownAtlanta Hawks41-41
1979Cotton FitzsimmonsKansas City Kings48-34
1980Bill FitchBoston Celtics61-21
1981Jack McKinneyIndiana Pacers44-38
1982Eugene ShueWashington Bullets43-39
1983Don NelsonMilwaukee Bucks51-31
1984Frank LaydenUtah Jazz45-37
1985Don NelsonMilwaukee Bucks59-23
1986Mike FratelloAtlanta Hawks50-32
1987Mike SchulerPortland Trail Blazers49-23
1988Doug MoeDenver Nuggets54-28
1989Cotton FitzsimmonsPhoenix Suns55-27
1990Pat RileyLos Angeles Lakers63-19
1991Don ChaneyHouston Rockets52-30
1992Don NelsonGolden State Warriors55-27
1993Pat RileyNew York Knicks60-22
1994Lenny WilkensAtlanta Hawks57-25
1995Del HarrisLos Angeles Lakers42-40
1996Phil JacksonChicago Bulls72-10
1997Pat RileyMiami Heat61-21
1998Larry BirdIndiana Pacers58-24
1999Mike DunleavyPortland Trail Blazers35-15
2000Doc RiversOrlando Magic41-41
2001Larry BrownPhiladelphia 76ers56-26
2002Rick CarlisleDetroit Pistons50-32
2003Hubie BrownMemphis Grizzlies28-41
2003Gregg PopovichSan Antonio Spurs60-22
2004Hubie BrownMemphis Grizzlies50-32
2005Mike D’AntoniPhoenix Suns62-20
2006Avery JohnsonDallas Mavericks60-22
2007Sam MitchellToronto Raptors47-35
2008Byron ScottNew Orleans Hornets56-26
2009Mike BrownCleveland Cavaliers66-16
2010Scott BrooksOklahoma City Thunder50-32
2011Tom ThibodeauChicago Bulls62-20
2012Gregg PopovichSan Antonio Spurs50-16
2013George KarlDenver Nuggets57-25
2014Gregg PopovichSan Antonio Spurs62-20
2015Mike BudenholzerAtlanta Hawks60-22
2016Steve KerrGolden State Warriors73-9
2017Mike D’AntoniHouston Rockets55-27
2018Dwane CaseyToronto Raptors59-23
2019Mike BudenholzerMilwaukee Bucks60-22
2020Nick NurseToronto Raptors53-19
2021Tom ThibodeauNew York Knicks41-31
2022Monty WilliamsPhoenix Suns64-18

J. Walter Kennedy Trophy – Citizenship Award

Lebron James won the Citizenship Award while with the Cavs in 2017

The NBA J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award was given annually from 1975 to 2020 to a player, coach, or staff member who showed outstanding service and dedication to the community. Named in honor of James Walter Kennedy, the second commissioner of the NBA. The winner is selected by the Pro Basketball Writers Association. Members of the PBWA nominate players for the award, and then a vote was taken by 150 members. The award is usually given to a person who made a substantial charitable contribution.

The final winner of the trophy was Malcolm Brogden for the 2019-20 season. The award has been replaced by the Kareem Social Justice Champion award.

List of NBA J. Walter Kennedy Trophy for Citizenship Award Winners

SeasonNBA Citizenship Award WinnerTeam
1974–75Wes UnseldWashington Bullets
1975–76Slick WattsSeattle SuperSonics
1976–77Dave BingWashington Bullets
1977–78Bob LanierDetroit Pistons
1978–79Calvin MurphyHouston Rockets
1979–80Austin CarrCleveland Cavaliers
1980–81Mike GlennNew York Knicks
1981–82Kent BensonDetroit Pistons
1982–83Julius ErvingPhiladelphia 76ers
1983–84Frank LaydenUtah Jazz
1984–85Dan IsselDenver Nuggets
1985–86Michael CooperLos Angeles Lakers
1985–86Rory SparrowNew York Knicks
1986–87Isiah ThomasDetroit Pistons
1987–88Alex EnglishDenver Nuggets
1988–89Thurl BaileyUtah Jazz
1989–90Doc RiversAtlanta Hawks
1990–91Kevin JohnsonPhoenix Suns
1991–92Magic JohnsonLos Angeles Lakers
1992–93Terry PorterPortland Trail Blazers
1993–94Joe DumarsDetroit Pistons
1994–95Joe O’TooleAtlanta Hawks
1995–96Chris DudleyPortland Trail Blazers
1996–97P. J. BrownMiami Heat
1997–98Steve SmithAtlanta Hawks
1998–99Brian GrantPortland Trail Blazers
1999–00Vlade DivacSacramento Kings
2000–01Dikembe MutomboPhiladelphia 76ers
2001–02Alonzo MourningMiami Heat
2002–03David RobinsonSan Antonio Spurs
2003–04Reggie MillerIndiana Pacers
2004–05Eric SnowCleveland Cavaliers
2005–06Kevin GarnettMinnesota Timberwolves
2006–07Steve NashPhoenix Suns
2007–08Chauncey BillupsDetroit Pistons
2008–09Dikembe MutomboHouston Rockets
2009–10Samuel DalembertPhiladelphia 76ers
2010–11Ron ArtestLos Angeles Lakers
2011–12Pau GasolLos Angeles Lakers
2012–13Kenneth FariedDenver Nuggets
2013–14Luol DengCleveland Cavaliers
2014–15Joakim NoahChicago Bulls
2015–16Wayne EllingtonBrooklyn Nets
2016–17LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
2017–18J.J. BareaDallas Mavericks
2018–19Damian LillardPortland Trail Blazers
2019–20Malcolm BrogdonIndiana Pacers

Executive of the Year Trophy – Executive of the Year (yet to be named)

The Executive of the year award is the only one of the 2022 rebrand that doesn’t feature a human figure in the trophy, nor is it named after a specific GM. The NBA have been following a clear policy of only naming these awards after people no longer involved in the NBA in an official capacity. Rumour is that the NBA Executive of the Year award will eventually be named after Miami Heat General Manager Pat Riley when he finally retires.

The NBA Executive of the Year trophy has been given every year since 1973 when it was won by Joe Axelson of the Kansas City Kings. Jerry Colaneglo has won the award the most times, claiming the title of Executive of the Year 4 times during his time in the NBA.

SeasonNBA Executive of the Year WinnerTeam
1973Joe AxelsonKansas City Kings
1974Eddie DonovanBuffalo Braves
1975Dick VertliebGolden State Warriors
1976Jerry ColangeloPhoenix Suns
1977Ray PattersonHouston Rockets
1978Angelo DrossosSan Antonio Spurs
1979Bob FerryWashington Wizards
1980Red AuerbachBoston Celtics
1981Jerry ColangeloPhoenix Suns
1982Bob FerryWashington Wizards
1983Zollie VolchokSeattle SuperSonics
1984Frank LaydenUtah Jazz
1985Vince BorylaDenver Nuggets
1986Stan KastenAtlanta Hawks
1987Stan KastenAtlanta Hawks
1988Jerry KrauseChicago Bulls
1989Jerry ColangeloPhoenix Suns
1990Bob BassSan Antonio Spurs
1991Bucky BuckwalterPortland Trail Blazers
1992Wayne EmbryCleveland Cavaliers
1993Jerry ColangeloPhoenix Suns
1994Bob WhitsittSeattle SuperSonics
1995Jerry WestLos Angeles Lakers
1996Jerry KrauseChicago Bulls
1997Bob BassCharlotte Hornets (1988)
1998Wayne EmbryCleveland Cavaliers
1999Geoff PetrieSacramento Kings
2000John GabrielOrlando Magic
2001Geoff PetrieSacramento Kings
2002Rod ThornBrooklyn Nets
2003Joe DumarsDetroit Pistons
2004Jerry WestMemphis Grizzlies
2005Bryan ColangeloPhoenix Suns
2006Elgin BaylorLos Angeles Clippers
2007Bryan ColangeloToronto Raptors
2008Danny AingeBoston Celtics
2009Mark WarkentienDenver Nuggets
2010John HammondMilwaukee Bucks
2011Gar FormanChicago Bulls
2011Pat RileyMiami Heat
2012Larry BirdIndiana Pacers
2013Masai UjiriDenver Nuggets
2014R.C. BufordSan Antonio Spurs
2015Bob MyersGolden State Warriors
2016R.C. BufordSan Antonio Spurs
2017Bob MyersGolden State Warriors
2018Daryl MoreyHouston Rockets
2019Jon HorstMilwaukee Bucks
2020Lawrence FrankLos Angeles Clippers
2021James JonesPhoenix Suns
2022Zachary KleimanMemphis Grizzlies

The NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2017 the NBA has also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award given to a retired player who exemplified extraordinary success on and off the court in the NBA.

The NBA Lifetime Achievement Award is deliberately unnamed due to its magnitude. It has not been awarded since 2019. The winners are;

  • 2017 – Bill Russell
  • 2018 – Oscar Robertson
  • 2019 – Magic & Larry
  • 2020 – Not awarded
  • 2021 – Not awarded
  • 2022 – Not awarded