|National Basketball Association awards and honors|
The National Basketball Association (NBA) presents 13 annual awards to recognize its teams, players, and coaches for their accomplishments. This does not include the NBA championship trophy which is given to the winning team of the NBA Finals.
The NBA's championship trophy made its first appearance after the inaugural NBA Finals in 1947. In 1964, it was named after Walter A. Brown who was instrumental in merging the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League into the NBA. The Brown Trophy design remained the same until 1977 when the current trophy design was first introduced although it retained the Walter A. Brown title. In 1984, the trophy was renamed to honor former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien.
The NBA's first individual awards were the Rookie of the Year and the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, both of which were introduced in 1953. The only individual award of the postseason is the Bill Russell Finals MVP. The Executive of the Year is the only award not presented by the NBA. It is named annually by Sporting News but is officially recognized by the NBA.
Through the 2015–16 season, each individual award, with the exception of the Finals MVP, was awarded at the end of the regular season while the NBA Playoffs were ongoing. This procedure was different from the other major professional sports leagues, which have long handed out individual awards after their postseasons have concluded. The 2016–17 season was the first in which the NBA held an awards show after the completion of the Finals, during which the winners of all season-long individual awards are announced except for the winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, which continued to be announced during the playoffs until 2017 and in 2018 was announced after the playoffs but before the awards show.
Aside from these annual awards, the league also has weekly and monthly honors during the regular season for its players and coaches.
In 2021, the NBA made a social justice award, named after 6-time NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award. This award was made to recognize players who are making strides in the fight for social justice.
|Award||Created||Description||Most recent winner||Notes|
|Larry O'Brien Trophy||1977||The NBA's championship trophy; awarded to the winning team of the NBA Finals.||Milwaukee Bucks|||
|Walter A. Brown Trophy||1947||The NBA's first championship trophy which was awarded to the winning team of the NBA Finals until it was replaced with the Larry O'Brien Trophy.||N/A; trophy retired after 1977|||
|All-NBA Team||1947||Three 5-player teams (a first, second, and third team) composed of the best players in the league during the regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.|||
|All-Rookie Team||1963||Two 5-player teams (a first and second team) composed of the top rookies during the regular season as voted by NBA head coaches. The coaches are not allowed to vote for players of their own team.|||
|All-Defensive Team||1969||Two 5-player teams (a first and second team) composed of the best defensive players in the league during the regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.|||
|Award||Created||Description||Most recent winner(s)||Notes|
|All-Star Game MVP
(Kobe Bryant Trophy)
|1951||Awarded to the best performing player of the annual NBA All-Star Game as voted by a panel of media members.||Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)|||
|Rookie of the Year
(Eddie Gottlieb Trophy)
|1953||Awarded to the top rookie of the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada.||LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornets)|||
|Most Valuable Player
(Maurice Podoloff Trophy)
|1956||Awarded to the best performing player of the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters and media members.||Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets)|||
|Coach of the Year
(Red Auerbach Trophy)
|1963||Awarded to the best coach of the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters and media members.||Tom Thibodeau (New York Knicks)|||
|NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
(Bill Russell Trophy)
|1969||Named after Bill Russell; awarded to the best performing player of the NBA Finals as voted by a panel of nine media members.[a]||Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)|||
|Executive of the Year||1973||Awarded to the NBA's top front office executive as voted by the executives from the league's 30 teams.||James Jones (Phoenix Suns)|||
(J. Walter Kennedy Trophy)
|1975||Named after J. Walter Kennedy; awarded to a team member who showed "great service and dedication to the community" as voted by the PBWA.||Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers)|||
|Defensive Player of the Year||1983||Awarded to the top defensive player of the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada.||Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)|||
|Sixth Man of the Year||1983||Awarded to the best performing player as a substitute (or sixth man) during the NBA regular season as voted by a panel of sportswriters.||Jordan Clarkson (Utah Jazz)|||
|Most Improved Player||1986||Awarded to the most improved player in the NBA as voted by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada.||Julius Randle (New York Knicks)|||
(Joe Dumars Trophy)
|1996||Awarded to the player who most displays "the ideals of sportsmanship on the court with ethical behavior, fair play and integrity" as voted by NBA players.||Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks)|||
|Teammate of the Year
|2013||Awarded to the "ideal teammate" who exemplifies "selfless play and commitment and dedication to his team" as voted by NBA players.||Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)|||
|Lifetime Achievement Award||2017||Awarded to the NBA player who has had a lifetime of achievement in the NBA.||Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers) and Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)|||
|Social Justice Champion Award
(Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Trophy)
|2021||Awarded to the NBA player who are making strides in the fight for social justice.||Carmelo Anthony (Portland Trail Blazers)|||