NBA players agree that Russell Westbrook is the Most Valuable Player for the 2016-17 season.
The National Basketball Players Association released the results of the players’ votes for 14 individual awards and Teammate of the Year for 30 teams for the 2016-17 season. Awards were given during the 2017 Players Voice Awards announced via Twitter on Friday.
Oklahoma City’s Westbrook, who was voted MVP by the media in June, also won “Hardest to Guard” and “Best Dressed” by the players.
Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon won Rookie of the Year honors just as he did from the media vote. But the players voted for San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard as “Best Defender” and Lou Williams as “Best Off the Bench.” In the media vote, Golden State’s Draymond Green won Defensive Player of the Year and Houston’s Eric Gordon took Sixth Man of the Year honors.
Players voted San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich as the “Coach You’d Most Like To Play For,” Cleveland’s LeBron James as “Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team,” and Vince Carter as “Most Influential Veteran.” Player voting took place at the end of the regular season and did not take into consideration playoff performances.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN
Bulls’ Kris Dunn in Concussion Protocol After Hard Fall
Point guard Kris Dunn was re-evaluated for concussion symptoms and has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday.
Dunn will be out indefinitely and will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta for their Saturday game. Dunn took a hard fall late in Wednesday night’s 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, landing face first after a dunk.
Arron Afflalo Suspended Two Games for Throwing Punch
The NBA has suspended Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo for two games for throwing a punch at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica on Wednesday night, the league announced Thursday.
Afflalo will forfeit $32,119 in salary for the two games, at Cleveland on Thursday and at Boston on Sunday.
LeBron James, Steph Curry Selected as All-Star Team Captains
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry led All-Star voting in their respective conferences and will serve as the captains for the All-Star Game next month.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan were also selected as starters from the Eastern Conference.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN