Posted by | Ray Cornelius
Hosted by funnyman and Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah at The Penn & Teller Theater in The Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, “The Players’ Awards” celebrated and honored top NBA players, coaches and arenas.
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) was the player of the night, winning two awards: “Clutch Performer” and “Hardest to Guard”. And Curry’s home court Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA took home the award for “Best Home Court Advantage”. While James Harden (Houston Rockets) took home the “Most Valuable Player” Award sponsored by Toyota®.
Allen Iverson graciously accepted the honor for “Gamer Changer” as well as humbled Ray Allen honored for “Man of the Year,” both celebrated for their outstanding career achievements and being influential both on and off the court. Additionally, President Obama taped a special message for his friend Ray Allen.
Viewers were treated to memorable performances throughout the night by Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Monica, Kid Ink and DJ Khaled as the house DJ.
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:LeBron James
Most Valuable Player (Toyota sponsored): James Harden
Man of the Year Award: Honoring Ray Allen
Game Changer Award: Honoring Allen Iverson