Hosted by Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah at The Penn & Teller Theater in The Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, The Players’ Awards (NBPA Awards) gave a salute to top NBA players, coaches and arenas
on Tuesday evening (July 21). PopWrapped was on the carpet getting the scoop from the NBA players themselves.
Quiet as it kept, comedian/actor Gary "G-Thang" Johnson should have been the host instead of providing comedic relief during commercials.
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), the NBA's MVP, racked up two awards: Clutch Performer and Hardest to Guard. Curry’s home court, Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, took home the award for Best Home Court Advantage. James Harden (Houston Rockets) took home the Most Valuable Player Award, sponsored by Toyota®.
Allen Iverson gave a moving acceptance speech for Game Changer, as well as Ray Allen, who was honored for Man of the Year. President Obama even taped a special message for Ray Allen, who he called his friend.
BET kept us entertained by performances from Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Monica, Kid Ink, and DJ Khaled as the house DJ.
Check out our footage from the red carpet:
The complete list of Top Vote Getters are:
Best Rookie: Andrew Wiggins
Best Defender: DeAndre Jordan
Global Impact Player: Pau Gasol
Clutch Performer: Stephen Curry
Coach You Most Want to Play For: Greg Popovich
Hardest to Guard: Stephen Curry
Best Home Court Advantage: Oracle Arena (Golden State)
Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:
Most Valuable Player (Toyota sponsored): James Harden
Man of the Year Award: Honoring Ray Allen
Game Changer Award: Honoring Allen Iverson