December 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Brandon Ingram, Domantas Sabonis Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Dec 28, 2020 3:03 PM

Brandon Ingram and Domantas Sabonis have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for December 22-27.

Ingram averaged 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists as the New Orleans Pelicans went 2-1.

Sabonis averaged 24.3, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists as the Indiana Pacers went 3-0.

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LeBron James Wins AP Male Athlete of Year Award

Dec 26, 2020 5:33 PM

LeBron James won the AP Male Athlete of the Year award on Saturday for his impact on and off the basketball court.

It was James' fourth time he's won the award, tying a record.

"I still know what I do on the floor, and obviously, I give everything to the game. But I can make a greater impact off the floor right now, more than I can on the floor. And I want to continue to inspire people with the way I play the game of basketball.

"But there's so many more things that I can do off the floor to help cultivate people, inspire people, bring people together, empower them," James told AP.

Patrick Mahomes finished second in voting, with Lewis Hamilton finishing third.

Associated Press

Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Award

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Luka Doncic Is +400 Favorite To Win MVP Across Sportsbooks

Dec 16, 2020 1:15 AM

Luka Doncic is currently the consensus favorite to win NBA MVP across U.S. sportsbooks at +400.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is second in the betting race at +450, followed by Steph Curry at +750.

Doncic and Antetokounmpo opened as co-favorites at +550 on November 10th.

One out of every three bets at PointsBet has been placed on Doncic. 

Doncic has also reportedly attracted more bets than Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James combined at William Hill. 

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Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Award

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Malcolm Brogdon Wins 19-20 Citizenship Award

Dec 3, 2020 1:13 PM

Malcolm Brogdon has won the 2019-20 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, as administered and selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).

Named after the NBA’s second commissioner, the honor is presented annually by the PBWA to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Brogdon was one of five finalists for the 2019-20 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, along with Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (who played for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019-20), Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie and Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce.

The finalists were chosen by a committee of PBWA members from nominees submitted by NBA teams. The winner was determined by a vote of the entire PBWA, which is composed of more than 200 writers and editors who cover the NBA regularly for newspapers, magazines and online news outlets.

“The depth and breadth of Malcolm Brogdon’s commitment to making a positive difference is inspiring,” said PBWA President Josh Robbins of The Athletic. “Members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association salute him and commend his fellow finalists and nominees for their exemplary work.”

A four-year NBA veteran, Brogdon is being honored for his commitment to education, gender and health equality as well as his support for criminal justice and voting reform. In July, he launched the Brogdon Family Foundation with a focus on two major initiatives, Hoops4Humanity and the JHA Education Project.

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Tags: Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Award

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