June 2021 Basketball Wiretap

James Jones Named 20-21 NBA Executive Of The Year

Jun 20, 2021 3:33 PM

James Jones has been named the 20-21 NBA Executive of the Year. Jones joined the Phoenix front office in 2017 and took over decision-making duties shortly before the start of the 18-19 season. 

The award is voted upon by his peers.

The Phoenix Suns reached the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Jones received nine of the 30 first-place votes and earned 65 total points from the voting panel, which comprised one basketball executive from each team. 

Utah Jazz Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey finished in second place with 61 points (nine first-place votes). 

Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks finished in third place with 51 points (five first-place votes).

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LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards Headline 20-21 NBA All-Rookie Teams

Jun 17, 2021 8:33 PM

LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards have been unanimously selected to the 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Joining Ball and Edwards (198 total points each) on the 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie First Team are Tyrese Haliburton (197 points; 98 First Team votes), Saddiq Bey (162 points; 63 First Team votes) and Houston Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate (154 points; 57 First Team votes).

The 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie Second Team consists of Immanuel Quickley (148 points), Desmond Bane (88), Isaiah Stewart (71), Isaac Okoro (53) and Patrick Williams (50).

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LaMelo Ball Wins 20-21 NBA Rookie Of The Year

Jun 16, 2021 2:41 PM

LaMelo Ball has been voted the 20-21 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Ball was the third overall pick in the draft by the Charlotte Hornets and averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Anthony Edwards finished second while Tyrese Haliburton finished third. Ball received 84 out of 99 First Place votes. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry Headline 20-21 All-NBA Teams

Jun 15, 2021 8:19 PM

The NBA has announced its 20-21 All-NBA Teams, headlined by Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only unanimous first team selection.

All-NBA First Team:
Stephen Curry
Luka Doncic
Kawhi Leonard
Nikola Jokic
Giannis Antetokounmpo

All-NBA Second Team:
Damian Lillard
Joel Embiid
Chris Paul
Julius Randle
LeBron James

20-21 All-NBA Third Team:
Rudy Gobert
Jimmy Butler
Paul George
Bradley Beal
Kyrie Irving

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Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons Headline All-Defensive Team As Unanimous Picks

Jun 14, 2021 7:08 PM

The NBA has announced its 20-21 All-Defensive Team, headlined by unanimous selections for Rudy Gobert and Ben Simmons. Rounding out the First Team are Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

On the All-Defensive Second Team are Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle and Kawhi Leonard.

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Carmelo Anthony, Jrue Holiday Headline Five Finalists For Social Justice Champion Award

Jun 11, 2021 11:24 AM

The NBA has announced that Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Tobias Harris, Jrue Holiday and Juan Toscano-Anderson have been selected as the five finalists for the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award. The new annual award, named after six-time NBA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recognizes a current NBA player for pursuing social justice and advancing Abdul-Jabbar’s life mission to engage, empower and drive equality for individuals and groups who have been historically marginalized or systemically disadvantaged.

The finalists for the award were selected from an impressive pool of NBA team nominees who have upheld the league’s decades-long values of equality, respect and inclusion. The finalists were determined by a selection committee composed of Abdul-Jabbar, notable social justice leaders, including Director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport Dr. Richard Lapchick, student activist Teyonna Lofton, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, Rise Founder and CEO Amanda Nguyen, and NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum.

As previously announced, each finalist has selected an organization focused on advancing social justice that will receive a contribution on his behalf. The winner’s selection will receive a $100,000 donation and the other four finalists will each receive a $25,000 contribution for a social justice organization of their choosing.

The winner will be announced prior to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on TNT.

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Rudy Gobert Named 20-21 NBA Defensive Player Of The Year

Jun 9, 2021 9:10 PM

Rudy Gobert has been named the 20-21 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Gobert has now won the award three times. 

Gobert received 84 out of 100 first place votes.

Ben Simmons finished second while Draymond Green finished third.

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Nikola Jokic Wins 20-21 NBA MVP

Jun 8, 2021 5:37 PM

Nikola Jokic has won the 20-21 NBA MVP award.

Jokic, the 41st pick in the 2014 draft, becomes the lowest draft pick to ever win the NBA's highest regular season award.

Jokic averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 34.6 minutes per game with a PER of 31.3. Jokic also appeared in all 72 of the Denver Nuggets' games. 

While Jokic had 971 total points and 91 first place votes, Joel Embiid had 586 points (one first place vote and 62 second place votes), and Stephen Curry finished third (five first place votes, 23 second place votes and 32 third place votes).

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Chris Paul finished fourth and fifth respectively. 

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Tom Thibodeau Named NBA Coach Of The Year In Narrow Results With Monty Williams

Jun 7, 2021 7:39 PM

Tom Thibodeau has been named the 20-21 NBA Coach of the Year.

Monty Williams came in second while Quin Snyder finished third. Williams received more first place votes than Thibodeau and finished with 340 total points compared to 351 for the New York Knicks head coach.

Thibodeau was previously Coach of the Year in 2011.

Doc Rivers, Nate McMillan, Steve Nash and Michael Malone also received votes.

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Jrue Holiday Wins 2021 NBA Sportsmanship Award

Jun 4, 2021 2:50 PM

Jrue Holiday has been named the 20-21 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

The annual award honors a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. 

Holiday received 130 of 343 first-place votes and earned 2,752 total points in balloting of NBA players. 

In addition to Holiday (Central Division), the other finalists were Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (Southeast), Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (Pacific), Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (Northwest), Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (Atlantic) and San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (Southwest).

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Damian Lillard Wins Twyman-Stokes Teammates Of The Year Award

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