The NBA have today unveiled six newly designed trophies to be presented to award winners at the end of season.
The trophies, all named after past NBA legends are headlined by the Michael Jordan Trophy which will be awarded to the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player. Doing away with the past trophy, the new Michael Jordan trophy features a 23.6-inch bronze silhouette of Chicago Bulls legend. It also weighs in at 23.6 pounds, a nod to Jordan’s iconic number during his playing career (23) and championships won (six).
“Our new collection of trophies celebrates some of the greatest and most impactful players in the history of the NBA,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a press release. “As we recognize the league’s top performers each season, we also pay tribute to the legends who embody these prestigious awards.”
The other five revamped trophies, include
- Defensive Player of the Year: The Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy
- Rookie of the Year: The Wilt Chamberlain Trophy
- Sixth Man of the Year: The John Havlicek Trophy
- Most Improved Player: The George Mikan Trophy
- Clutch Player of the Year: The Jerry West Trophy
The Clutch Player of the year award is a new category that will be voted on by a media panel based on nominations from NBA head coaches. According to the NBA, this award will honor the NBA player who best comes through for his teammates in the clutch.