Winners to be revealed on July 9th via NBPA social media

NEW YORK, July 2, 2019 – The winners of the fifth annual NBPA Players’ Voice Awards (PVA’s), the only awards voted on exclusively by the Players, will be revealed on Tuesday, July 9 via the NBPA’s social media channels. The NBPA will also celebrate the awards with an event in Los Angeles, which will take place on the evening of July 9.

Building off of last year’s roster of awards, there is just one addition to the 2019 NBPA Players’ Voice Awards categories – the Comeback Player presented by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). This award, which has been brought back from previous years, is designed to honor the player who overcame adversity either from an injury or other setback last season to bounce back and lead his team to success.

The full list of award categories includes:

  • The NBPA MVP 
  • The NBPA Toughest to Guard 
  • The NBPA Leader of the New School (Best Rookie)
  • The NBPA X-Factor (Best Player off the Bench)
  • The NBPA Comeback Player presented by HSS
  • The NBPA Mr. Clutch 
  • The NBPA Locksmith (Best Defender)
  • The NBPA Backbone (Best Team Leader)
  • The NBPA Most Respected (Most Influential Veteran)
  • The NBPA People’s Champ 
  • The NBPA Freshest (Best Style on and off the Court) presented by ISAIA
  • The NBPA Best Side Hustle (Best Off-Court Endeavors, in Fashion, Tech, Media, Art, etc.)

Last year, the NBPA and THINK450 partnered with several different artists to create unique pieces of digital artwork for the 2018 PVA winners. This year the NBPA called on Compound to assist with the selection of artists for the 2019 awards. Founded by Set Free Richardson, Compound is a creative agency, art gallery, production and recording studio based in the South Bronx and under their direction, 11 artists were chosen to curate individual award artwork for this year’s winners.

Each artist will create a custom piece of art using various mediums to represent the winning player and their achievement. More than just beautiful and impactful representations of the awards and their winners, each work of art will speak to the NBPA’s mission and core purpose to support and celebrate the collective Players' voice.

This artwork will be revealed along with the winners on July 9 via the NBPA’s social media channels and will be displayed at the NBPA Players’ Voice Awards celebration in Los Angeles.

The full list of artists includes:

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About the NBPA

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’s mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals — on and off the court.

The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities.

In addition, the NBPA provides a forum for players to participate in union activities – including executive leadership roles, team representative positions, and global community outreach initiatives. The NBPA offers each NBA player the opportunity to get involved in the democratic institution that was created for, continues to exist for and is run by them.

About THINK450 

THINK450 is the innovation engine of the NBPA, charged with creating disruptive and substantive business relationships for the most marketable athletes on the planet. THINK450 represents every current NBA player and works with leading companies and brands across all industries to help its members capitalize on growth opportunities in the content, marketing, technology, and licensing arenas among others. For more information, please visit


Creative marketing agency, Compound, is where art, music, sports, and fashion are fused, inspiring an atmosphere of innovation. The arcade of cultured art founded in 2007 extended its office space last July to the Compound Gallery; the first black owned art gallery in the South Bronx. The extended space with sky lit ceilings serves as an outlet for all forms of art, rental space, and activations. Visit for more information.