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The league announced the name changes for five year-end trophies, with the MVP trophy now being called The Michael Jordan Trophy.
“Our new collection of trophies celebrates some of the best and most impactful players in the nba historysaid NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “Just as we recognize the best players in the league each season, we also honor the legends who embody these prestigious awards.”
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The trophy will measure 23.6 inches tall and weigh 23.6 pounds, an ode to Jordan’s jersey number and NBA Finals victories.
“I am incredibly honored to have created the NBA MVP Trophy in association with Michael Jordan,” said trophy designer Mark Smith. “Carving Michael’s vision of his own pursuit of athletic achievement into this award has been the opportunity and challenge of a lifetime. As we worked together on this project, it was very important to Michael that the figure not look like him, but rather so the recipient can see themselves in the award. For Michael, naming the award after him was recognition enough.”
The NBA has made changes to its trophies in recent years, with the NBA All-Star Game trophy being named after Kobe Bryant and the NBA Finals MVP being named the NBA Finals Bill Russell MVP Trophy in 2009.
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The MVP trophy is just one of five trophies that have been renamed.
The NBA Defensive Player of the Year will be the Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy; The NBA Rookie of the Year will be the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy; The Sixth Man of the Year will be called the John Havlicek Trophy; and the Most Improved Player of the Year will be the George Mikan Trophy.
It’s the second time Mikan has been honored in the past two months, with Los Angeles Lakers retire Mikan’s No. 99 jersey in October.
“We are grateful that the NBA has recognized George’s career accomplishments with this honor,” said Mike Mikan, son of George Mikan, #99, and the Mikan family. “George is one of the greatest NBA players of all time, but perhaps his greatest legacy is the one he has passed on to others through his legendary ‘Mikan Drill,’ providing generations of basketball players around the world with the tools to improve your game.
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The league will also have a new award this season, named after Jerry West as NBA Player of the Year.
“There are few greater thrills as a basketball player than helping your teammates and fans when they need it most,” LA Clippers special counsel West said. “This new trophy will be awarded to the player who does best at that time.”