(Basketball news) NBA has rebranded the MVP trophy after the legendary Michael Jordan while five other awards have also been redesigned after some of the most iconic players to have ever played the sport. The All-Star Game MVP trophy is named after the late Kobe Bryant while the other awards are named after five other former players: Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, George Mikan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Jerry West. Michael Jordan has won the MVP award five times while playing for the Chicago Bulls and has now become a global icon.
The six new awards are:
Michael Jordan Trophy: MVP
Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy: Defensive Player of the Year
Wilt Chamberlain Trophy: Rookie Of the Year
Jerry West Trophy: Clutch Player of Year
John Havlicek Trophy: Sixth Man of Year
George Mikan Trophy: Most Improved Player of the Year
“Our new collection of trophies celebrates some of the greatest and most impactful players in the history of the NBA,” league commissioner Adam Silver said. “As we recognise the league’s top performers each season, we also pay tribute to the legends who embody these prestigious awards.”
The Jordan Trophy stands at 23.6 inches tall and weighs 23.6 pounds, in honour of Jordan’s jersey number 23 and his six titles. Its five-sided base represents Jordan’s five league MVPs.
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