NBPA “Players Voice Awards” Revealed

NEW YORK, August 18, 2017 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced the winners of 2017 Players Voice Awards exclusively via @theNBPA on Twitter today.

The Players Voice Awards — solely voted on by NBA Players — recognized Russell Westbrook as the Most Valuable Player.  Westbrook was also named Hardest to Guard and Best Dressed.

In addition, players named Vince Carter Most Influential Veteran and gave LeBron James its Global Impact award, and named James the “Player You Secretly Wish was on Your Team.”

In all, fourteen individual awards were given, along with a Teammate of the Year for all 30 teams.

Voting took place at the end of the regular season and did not consider postseason performances.  The NBPA Players Voice Awards were introduced in 2015.

2017 Players Voice Awards Winners:

  • Best Rookie-Malcolm Brogdon

  • Comeback Player of the Year-Joel Embiid

  • Best Off the Bench-Lou Williams

  • Best Defender-Kawhi Leonard

  • Hardest to Guard-Russell Westbrook

  • Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team-LeBron James

  • Best Dressed-Russell Westbrook

  • Home Court Advantage-Golden State Warriors

  • Coach You’d Most Like to Play For-Gregg Popovich

  • Clutch Performer-Isaiah Thomas

  • Best Social Media Follow-Joel Embiid

  • Most Influential Veteran-Vince Carter

  • Global Impact-LeBron James

  • Most Valuable Player-Russell Westbrook

  • Best Teammate (one per team)-Winners Below


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.

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