Former and current NBA stars mixed with off-court celebrities at the first-ever NBA awards in New York.
There were several prizes up for grabs with the coveted MVP or most valuable player of the year award going to Russell Westbrook.
“I look up to you.” –
russwest44</a>'s message to his brother during his 2016-17 KIA MVP acceptance speech. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBAAwards?src=hash">#NBAAwards</a> <a href="https://t.co/RTQOB8BonJ">pic.twitter.com/RTQOB8BonJ</a></p>— NBA on TNT (NBAonTNT) June 27, 2017
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell, who played in the league between 1956-1969, was given a lifetime achievement award from a string of fellow legends including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.
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The Milwaukee Bucks’ rising star Malcolm Brogdon was rewarded with the rookie of the year award. And Brogdon’s Greek team-mate Giannis Antetokounmpo was also recognised by his peers his performances this year as he picked up the NBA’s most improved player prize.
Kia</a> NBA Most Improved Player is...<a href="https://twitter.com/Giannis_An34">Giannis_An34 of the
Bucks</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBAAwards?src=hash">#NBAAwards</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KiaMIP?src=hash">#KiaMIP</a> <a href="https://t.co/h6jVuGmUGd">pic.twitter.com/h6jVuGmUGd</a></p>— NBA (NBA) June 27, 2017
Drake and Will Ferrell’s handshake skit at the NBA Awards pic.twitter.com/PsjbBYlxPP— XXL Magazine (@XXL) June 27, 2017