The NBA has renamed the KIA most valuable player award as Micheal Jordan Trophy. The trophy will be awarded to the most valuable player of the year at the end of the 2022-23 season.
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The NBA has also unveiled six new trophies named after legendary players with the standout being Micheal Jordan’s Trophy. Jordan is one of the all time greats in the NBA. During his career he won the award five times.
Jordan is also a six time NBA champion, 6 final MVP awards, 11 NBA All star appearances, Three NBA All Star game MVP award winner, NBA defensive player of the year, NBA rookie of the year winner and part of the NBA’s 50th and 75th anniversary team.
Jordan alongside Mark Smith ( retired VP of innovation at Nike) and Jordan’s brand designer worked on the design of the trophy. The trophy exemplifies the journey of a player towards winning the MVP award.
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The Bronze ware features a player breaking out of the rock and rising above all to reach the ultimate Rick of a crystal basketball. The trophy symbolises ” raw to refined” which shows the hard work from the start of the season to his progression towards achieving the most valuable trophy which is a symbol of excellence.
Micheal Jordan Trophy Features
- The trophy is 23.6 inches tall & weighs 23.6 pounds. It also represents Jordan’s jersey number (23) & number of NBA championships (6) won.
- Its five-sided base is a nod to Micheal Jordan’s 5 league MVP awards.
- The namesake badge is six-sided, is related to Jordan’s six NBA championships.
- The 15-degree angle of the base is a nod to Jordan’s 15-season career.
- The crystal basketball consists of 23 points, a nod to Jordan’s jersey number.
- The crystal basketball measures 1.23 inches in diameter. It is designed in away taking reference to the singularity of the Most Valueable Player ( MVP) and Micheal Jordan’s career.
Five other Trophies that were unveiled by the NBA are
- Defensive Player of the Year – Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy
- Rookie of the Year – Wilt Chamberlain Trophy
- 6th Man of the year – John Havlicek Trophy
- Clutch Player – Jerry West Trophy
- Most Improved Player – Mikan Trophy