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As the popularity of NBA stars like Chris Paul and Steph Curry increases, the National Basketball Players Association partnered with BET Networks to launch the 1st annual “PLAYERS’ AWARDS” — a show  for players by players to recognize career achievements, off-court charity work, and  positive influence had in their communities. Hosted by SNL’s Jay Pharaoh and taped at the historic Penn & Teller Theater in The Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, “THE PLAYERS’ AWARDS” scored huge with all-star performances by Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Monica, Kid Ink and DJ Khaled.

ORIGINATION:
Las Vegas, NV

PREMIERE:
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 8:00PM

PRODUCERS:
Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, and Don Mischer Productions will serve as Executive Producers for the “Players’ Awards”.  Serving as Executive Producers from the National Basketball Players Association are Chris Paul, NBPA President, Roger Mason Jr., NBPA Deputy Executive Director, and Jordan Schlachter, NBPA Chief Marketing Officer along with Prospect Park.

The complete list of the “Top Voted Players” for the “Players’ Awards” are (names are listed in alphabetical order):

Best Rookie
Jordan Clarkson
Zach LaVine
Elfrid Payton
Andrew Wiggins

Best Defender
Tony Allen
Jimmy Butler
Anthony Davis
DeAndre Jordan

Global Impact Player
Pau Gasol
Kyrie Irving
Dirk Nowitzki
Tony Parker

Clutch Performer:
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Coach You Most Want to Play For
Mike Budenholzer
Rick Carlisle
Steve Kerr
Greg Popovich

Hardest to Guard
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

Best Home Court Advantage
AT&T Center (San Antonio)
Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)
Moda Center (Portland)
Oracle Arena (Golden State)

Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:
Stephen Curry
Anthony Davis
Tim Duncan
LeBron James

Most Valuable Player:
Stephen Curry
James Harden
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook

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