The NBA is renaming its annual Player of the Season award after legendary star Michael Jordan, who has won the honor five times with the Chicago Bulls.
The league announced the newly designed Michael Jordan Trophy on Tuesday, which, along with five other reimagined trophies named after the league’s pioneers, will now be presented to the winners. NBA End of Season Awards.
Jordan, the six-time NBA champion, has won five MVPs in his 15-season career, coming in second behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has won six titles.
The NBA’s Social Justice Champion Award is named after Abdul-Jabbar.
Other renamed awards announced on Tuesday are the Hakeem Olajuwon Cup for Defensive Player of the Year, the Wilt Chamberlain Cup for Rookie of the Year, the John Havlicek Cup for Sixth Man of the Year and the George Mikan Cup for Most progressive player.
The NBA also announced a new award for Clutch Player of the Year, named after Jerry West, who played in nine NBA Finals and remains the only player to win a Finals MVP by losing a series. .
The new Michael Jordan Trophy was created with input from the NBA icon, who requested that it doesn’t look like him.
It features a player jumping off a rock to reach for a crystal basketball and includes elements that reflect Jordan’s career, including references to his number 23 jersey and six NBA titles. that.
Previously, the league’s MVP trophy was named after former commissioner Maurice Podoloff, whose name will now be attached to a new trophy honoring the best-performing team in the regular season.
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