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In 2021, the NBPA launched its first-ever Players Voice Awards (PVA) NextGen. More than 159,000 fans engaged with the awards!


We are back!

The PVA Nextgen is calling on youth athletes and coaches across the nation to nominate themselves or a player(s) for six awards for a chance to be honored at this year's SLAM Summer Classic in New York City, the mecca of basketball.

Winners will not only solidify their position in youth basketball culture, but they will receive a $2,000 grant presented by HSS for their basketball organization, a tag and mention on the legendary SLAM social handle, and an opportunity to celebrate on-court with one of our NBPA members at the most anticipated high school basketball event to close out the summer in NYC.


2022 PVA NextGen winners will receive:

  • $2,000 grant presented by HSS towards their basketball organization

  • Roundtrip flight for 2 and 2-night stay in NYC

  • Your Name In Lights and on SLAM Magazine Logo'S IG

  • Award & recognition from an NBA player, link with other winners and an NBA Player at SLAM Magazine Logo Summer Classic

NOMINATE YOURSELF FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AWARDS:

Locksmith: Do you block shots, take charges or shut your rival down with your on-ball defense? If you can show your lockdown defense in action, you could be crowned PVA NextGen Locksmith.

Mr./Ms. Clutch: This award is for buzzer-beating, shot clock killers, your team’s go-to when the pressure is on. Show us evidence of your hardwood heartbreaks and you could win.

Best Signature Move presented by HSS: The Skyhook, Fadeaway and Stepback are all moves made famous by NBPA members. If you’ve got a move that breaks ankles and elicits “oohs” from the sidelines, this is the award for you.

People’s Champ: This award is for players who give as much off the court as they do on the court, working to make their communities better through service and advocacy.

Backbone: Who keeps the team together and motivated after a hard loss and balanced after a big win? This award is for the heart of the team—the player who has an unmatched love for the game whether he or she is a starter or the sixth man/woman.

Sneaker Champ: Do you have the best sneaker collection on your team? Share your best pair and you have a chance to win the title of Sneaker Champ.

  • 7.1 - 7.17 | NOMINATIONS

  • 7.22 | CATEGORY FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

  • 7.24 - 8.7 | VOICE YOUR CHOICE AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVES

  • 8.8 | WINNERS ANNOUNCED

  • 8.20 | WINNERS RECEIVE THEIR AWARD AT SLAM Summer Classic

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Nomination open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C.(excluding CA), age 14-18 and of CA age 16-18. Void outside the 50 U.S./D.C. and where prohibited. Contest starts at 12:00:01 AM PT on 06/26/22 and ends at 11:59:59 PM PT on 08/07/22; Entry Period ends 11:59:59 PM PT on 07/17/22. Total ARV of all prizes: $22,800. Limit: One (1) Entry per person per Category. For full Official Rules, click here. Sponsor: National Basketball Players, Inc. d/b/a THINK450, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036.