The inaugural NBA Awards show — which will air live from New York’s Basketball City on June 26 on TNT — won’t only reveal the league’s Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, and so on. The show will also feature six new awards — Dunk of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year — that will be determined exclusively by fan voting.
The Pacers will know whether George, their franchise player, was voted on an All-NBA team before the draft, a source familiar with the league’s thinking told VigilantSports.com. The NBA understood the problem and how it was not practical for teams to make decisions in the draft, or via trades, without all the information necessary. It’s not immediately clear when the All-NBA teams will be announced, but it will be before the draft.
The trouble with that is that it’s not until Monday, June 26th, four days after the annual NBA Draft. That’s a problem for teams as some player contracts are tied to league awards, which are voted on by approximately 100 media members from all NBA markets. Like Paul George, who qualifies for a super-max contract extension, known as the Designated Player Exception, if he lands a spot on one of three All-NBA teams for the second time in three years.
Drake will host the NBA’s first-ever awards show this June. The Canadian rapper will preside over the June 26 ceremony in New York, which will be televised live on TNT. The Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year will be announced during the show. The league and Turner Sports say other awards will be open to fan voting. Those categories and finalists will be announced later this week.
To allow for its teams to have all the necessary information to make offseason preparations, the NBA will announce its all-NBA teams before its inaugural awards show in late June, according to league sources.
Because of the newly created Designated Player Exception, which relies on players making, among other things, one of the three all-NBA teams to qualify, decisions about whether players — such as Indiana Pacers star Paul George, for example — will be willing to remain with their current team or be open to being traded elsewhere could be based upon whether a player is voted on to one of the teams.