Awards Rumors

The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice will honor Thunder vice president/general manager Sam Presti at its 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Sept. 6 at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City. During Presti’s tenure as Thunder GM, players have made more than 1,600 community appearances in Oklahoma. Presti, 39, has also contributed to state-wide programs and served on the board of numerous community organizations.
But the odds of James reaching that number aren’t as high as they could be, at least according to online sportsbook Bovada. In the odds released Monday, a little more than one month before Cleveland’s first practice, James is listed as third most likely to take home the prestigious award, at 5/1. The reigning NBA Finals MVP trails Oklahoma City point guard — and favorite — Russell Westbrook (2/1) as well as Golden State’s back-to-back recipient Stephen Curry, who is listed at 4/1 despite the arrival of free agent Kevin Durant this off-season, which will likely lead to a decrease in production.