NBA fans will have to wait a little longer than usual to find out who walks away with individual honors this season. The league is set to host its first ever award show on June 26, which will be televised live on TNT. This is in contrast with past years, where award winners were announced periodically throughout the post-season. According to a report from the Associated Press, the ceremony will also serve as the inception of new awards.
The league will announce the winner of the MVP and its other major awards during the show, which will be televised live on TNT.
The NBA Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year will be announced during the NBA Awards Show. The league says Monday that it will announce new awards that will be unveiled during the telecast in the coming months.
For a comparative timeline, the winners of last season’s major awards were announced on the following dates:
- April 22 – Most Improved Player (CJ McCollum)
- April 22 – Sixth Man of the Year (Jamal Crawford)
- April 26 – Coach of the Year (Steve Kerr)
- May 9 – Executive of the Year (R.C. Buford)
- May 10 – Most Valuable Player (Stephen Curry)
- May 16 – Rookie of the Year (Karl-Anthony Towns)
- May 16 – Defensive Player of the Year (Kawhi Leonard)
This new event will actually take place four days after the 2017 NBA Draft, so whether you are Team Harden, Team Westbrook, or Team Layman, patience will be your Most Valuable asset.