At the beginning of the show Drake addressed that some may not see him as qualified to host the first NBA Awards and even mentioned that he is looked upon as a “band wagon jumper”. FYI, a band wagon jumper when pertaining to sports refers to a fan who roots for whatever team is successful at the time.
Drake, The global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, cleared the air and admitted that he just roots for his home team & whoever else is winning at time. Throughout the show made funny remarks, did a clever ‘Get Out‘ spoof and of course presented Awards.
Prior to the NBA Awards, awards were released at the end of the season, but this is the first time it’s happening in an award show setting. The most note-worthy awards of the night included: MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year , Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Defensive Player of the Year.
(Russell Westbrook, NBA MVP Winner)
Check out the full NBA Award Winner List below
Kia NBA Most Valuable Player: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks
Kia NBA Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
NBA Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni, Houston Rockets
NBA EXECUTIVE-VOTED AWARD
NBA Basketball Executive of the Year: Bob Myers, Golden State Warriors
Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
NBA Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
Season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award Presented by Kaiser Permanente: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
Performance of the Year: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson scores 60 in three quarters vs. Indiana Pacers
Game Winner of the Year: Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook vs. Denver Nuggets
Dunk of the Year: Oklahoma City Thunder’s Victor Oladipo vs. Atlanta Hawks
Assist of the Year: Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green to Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant vs. Indiana Pacers
Block of the Year: San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard vs. Houston Rockets
Best Playoff Moment: Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant vs. Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Finals
Best Style: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
SPECIAL NBA AWARDS HONORS
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend
Sager Strong Award: Monty Williams, San Antonio Spurs
Hustle Stats Award: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
Jr. NBA Coach of the Year: Carrie Berran of Eagan, Minn.