Basketball Wiretap

Lonzo Ball Named Summer League MVP

Jul 18, 2017 10:48 AM

Lonzo Ball was named Most Valuable Player of NBA Summer League 2017 and headlines the All-NBA Summer League Teams, as selected by a panel of media members.

Ball, the first Laker to be named NBA Summer League MVP, averaged 16.3 points and a league-leading 9.3 assists to go with 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He recorded two triple-doubles, including the first in Las Vegas since 2008, when he contributed 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in an 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics on July 8. On July 13, he tallied a triple-double of 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 94-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Joining Ball on the All-NBA Summer League First Team are John Collins (Atlanta Hawks), Josh Jackson (Phoenix Suns), Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks) and Caleb Swanigan (Portland).

The Second Team is composed of Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans), Bryn Forbes (San Antonio Spurs), Kyle Kuzma (L.A. Lakers), Wayne Selden Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies) and Jayson Tatum (Boston).

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Russell Westbrook Named Most Valuable Player

Jun 26, 2017 11:08 PM

Russell Westbrook has been named the 16-17 NBA Most Valuable Player.

James Harden and Kawhi Leonard were the other finalists for the award.

Westbrook joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki as active players who have won MVP.

Westbrook averaged a triple double for the season and also led the NBA in PER.

1. Russell Westbrook: 888 points (69 first place votes)
2. James Harden: 753 points (22 first place votes)
3. Kawhi Leonard: 500 points (9 first place votes)
4. LeBron James: 333 points (1 first place vote)
5. Isaiah Thomas: 81 points
6. Stephen Curry: 52 points
7. John Wall: 7 points
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 7 points
9. Anthony Davis: 2 points
10. Kevin Durant: 2 points
11. DeMar DeRozan: 1 point

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Draymond Green Named Defensive Player Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 10:48 PM

Draymond Green has been named the 16-17 Defensive Player of the Year.

Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard were the other two finalists for the award.

Green finished second in voting in each of the previous two seasons behind Leonard.

Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Joakim Noah and Dwight Howard are the other active players who have won the award along with Green and Leonard.

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Bob Myers Wins NBA Executive Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 10:30 PM

Bob Myers has been named the 16-17 NBA Executive of the Year.

Myers previously won the award for the 14-15 season.

The Golden State Warriors led the NBA in regular season wins for the third straight season. Myers was critical in signing Kevin Durant in free agency and then building out a solid supporting cast despite a lack of cap flexibility. 

Daryl Morey finished just two points behind Myers with 57 compared to 59. Myers received nine first place votes compared to seven for Morey. Dennis Lindsey finished third.

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Mike D'Antoni Wins NBA Coach Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 10:28 PM

Mike D'Antoni has been named the 16-17 NBA Coach of the Year.

Erik Spoelstra finished second while Gregg Popovich finished third. D'Antoni received 68 first place votes.

D'Antoni was in his first season as head coach of the Houston Rockets.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins Most Improved Player

Jun 26, 2017 10:19 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Most Improved Player of the 16-17 season.

Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic were the other two finalists for the award.

Antetokounmpo averaged 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in his fourth season in the NBA.

Antetokounmpo also was an All-NBA Second Team selection and made his first All-Star Game.

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Kemba Walker Wins Sportsmanship Award

Jun 26, 2017 10:02 PM

Kemba Walker has been named the recipient of the 16-17 Sportsmanship Award.

Previous recipients include Mike Conley Jr., Kyle Korver, Jason Kidd, Stephen Curry and Grant Hill.

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Dirk Nowitzki Named Teammate Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 9:35 PM

Dirk Nowitzki has been named the winner of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.

Vince Carter, Tim Duncan, Shane Battier and Chauncey Billups are past recipients of the award.

Nowitzki is coming off his 19th year in the NBA.

"I'm pretty sure none of my teammates voted for me," said Nowitzki upon receiving the award.

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Eric Gordon Wins Sixth Man Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 9:26 PM

Eric Gordon has been named the 16-17 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams were the other two finalists for the award.

Gordon averaged 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his first season with the Houston Rockets.

Gordon received 358 total points, narrowly beating out Iguodala with 326.

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Malcolm Brogdon Wins Rookie Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 9:16 PM

Malcolm Brogdon has been named 16-17 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Joel Embiid and Dario Saric were the other two finalists for the award.

Brogdon was a second round pick out of Virginia. In his rookie season, Brogdon averaged 10.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 26.4 minutes per game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Brogdon received 64 first place votes, 30 second place votes and four third place votes for 414 total points. Saric finished second with 266 total points (13 first place votes) while Embiid finished third with 177 total points (23 first place votes).

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Green, Leonard, Gobert, Chris Paul, Beverley On All-Defensive First Team
Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard were the leading vote getters for All-Defensive First Team.

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Brogdon, Saric, Embiid, Hield, Willy Hernagomez Named To All-Rookie First Team
Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric have been unanimously selected to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

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