The NBA announced on Tuesday that they will host the first-ever NBA awards show next June. The event will take place in New York City following the conclusion of the NBA Finals on June 26, 2017, and will be televised by TNT. The venue, host and award presenters will be announced at a later date.
Per a press release, the show will feature “current and former NBA players, coaches and celebrities.” For the first time, the Association will announce all of its 2016-17 regular season award winners at the same time. The awards were previously announced and handed out throughout the early rounds of the playoffs. The league will hand out the Kia Most Valuable Player, Kia Rookie of the Year, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man Award, Kia Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year. Other accolades, such as the All-NBA teams, will be announced separately.
It seemed to be only a matter of time before the NBA decided to take this step. The NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball, college football and college basketball have each recently launched their own postseason awards shows. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report says that the NBA has been debating whether to do the same for the last several years.
Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry will be looking to take home his third straight MVP award after becoming the first player to ever win it unanimously last season. He will be looking to join Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell among players to win the award three years in a row. In addition to those three, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only other three-time MVPs in league history.