List of National Basketball Association Awards - Individual Awards

Individual Awards

Award Created Description Most recent winner(s) Notes
All-Star Game Most Valuable Player 1953 Awarded to the best performing player of the annual NBA All-Star Game as voted by a panel of media members. Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
Rookie of the Year
(Eddie Gottlieb Trophy)
1953 Awarded to the top rookie of the regular NBA season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Most Valuable Player
(Maurice Podoloff Trophy)
1956 Awarded to the best performing player of the regular NBA season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. LeBron James (Miami Heat)
Coach of the Year
(Red Auerbach Trophy)
1963 Awarded to the best coach of the regular NBA season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. George Karl (Denver Nuggets)
Bill Russell Finals Most Valuable Player 1969 Named after Bill Russell; awarded to the best performing player of the NBA Finals as voted by a panel of nine media members. LeBron James (Miami Heat)
Executive of the Year 1973 Awarded to the NBA's best front office executive as voted by executives from the league's 30 teams. Masai Ujiri (Denver Nuggets)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award 1975 Named after J. Walter Kennedy; awarded to a player, coach or trainer who shows "outstanding service and dedication to the community" as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Defensive Player of the Year 1984 Awarded to the top defensive player of the regular NBA season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies)
Sixth Man of the Year 1984 Awarded to the NBA's best performing player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (or sixth man) as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. J. R. Smith (New York Knicks)
Most Improved Player 1986 Awarded to the most improved player of the regular NBA season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada. Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Sportsmanship Award
(Joe Dumars Trophy)
1996 Awarded to the player who most "exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court—ethical behavior, fair play and integrity" as voted by NBA players. Jason Kidd (New York Knicks)
Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award
(Twyman–Stokes Trophy)
2013 Awarded to the “ideal teammate” who exemplify "selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other players and his commitment and dedication to his team" as voted by NBA players. Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers)

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