It was revealed last week that the NBPA had launched its own awards program that’ll feature awards voted on only by the players. On Wednesday morning, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts released a statement about the awards. Here’s part of it:
Fans and coaches choose the all-stars. Media votes on League awards. Our members want to recognize outstanding performance of their peers too. Players have not voted on awards since 1980.
This idea was conceived and conceptualized by the players themselves. The 10 categories were identified by the players in conversation and exchanges with the staff after the All-Star break. The exact nomenclature for each award and the program are still being defined.
To ensure every player’s vote is included, the union staff is managing the balloting process before the end of the regular season.
A committee of Legends recommended some candidates in eight of the ten categories from the pool of all active players in the 2014-15 season. Players also have the option to write in a name for these eight categories.
The MVP is an open-ended question—everyone will be writing in his vote. The Man of the Year, which recognizes contributions in the community and service to others, will be selected with input from the NBPA Foundation and the Executive Committee.
These awards will be presented at a ceremony in Las Vegas in July, which is the location of the annual players meeting. Every active player in 2014-15 will own a private vote.
I think this is a pretty cool idea, and it’ll be interesting to see the results of these awards compared to the media awards. It’s a bit strange that the awards won’t be announced until July, well after the season is over and when people have usually stopped caring about this stuff. But it’s sure to be a conversation starter either way that’ll draw more attention to the NBA during the offseason.