NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2016 — The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today that the 2016 Players Voice Awards will be revealed exclusively via social media today beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The Players Voice Awards are voted on solely by NBA players and feature many unique categories: Best Dressed, Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team, Clutch Performer and Best Social Media Follow—in addition to MVP, Best Rookie, Best Defender and many others (see the full list below).
Also importantly, there are awards that recognize icons of the game: the player who has the Most Global Impact and the Most Influential Veteran.
In collaboration with ACE Media, the NFLPA’s new original content arm, the NBPA created video packages celebrating each winner and featuring testimonials captured in the offseason from dozens of NBA players. It’s the first time the two players associations have worked together on a project like this.
These videos will be shared via social media in conjunction with the announcement of the winners. The awards and videos will be revealed via @TheNBPA on Twitter beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET today, and NBPA.com will curate all of the content throughout the afternoon. Fans can follow along using the hashtag #PlayersVoice.
Voting took place at the end of the regular season and does not factor in postseason performances. The NBPA Players Voice Awards were introduced last year.
“It’s always nice to be recognized for your accomplishments, but it’s extra special to win an award when you know it’s voted on by your peers,” said Chris Paul, NBPA President and nine-time All-Star. “The Players Voice Awards allow us to celebrate the best performers of the year, and have some fun with the non-traditional categories.”
The full list of the Players Voice Awards includes:
- Best Rookie
- Comeback Player of the Year
- Best Off the Bench
- Best Defender
- Toughest to Guard
- Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team
- Best Dressed
- Home Court Advantage
- Coach You’d Most Like to Play For
- Clutch Performer
- Best Social Media Follow
- Most Influential Veteran
- Global Impact
- Most Valuable Player
- Best Teammate (one per team)
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist them in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court.
ACE Media is a groundbreaking new media company focused on identifying, creating and delivering compelling sports-lifestyle content featuring the world’s top athletic talent. A subsidiary of the NFL Players Association, ACE Media leverages unparalleled access to unlock the off-field passions and personalities of some of the world’s most admired athletes, bringing fans and partners unique content in every genre, and on every platform. For more information, please visit acemediaco.com.