The NBA announced the new Michael Jordan Trophy on December 13, along with five trophies named after the pioneers of the league, which will now go to the winners of the American Basketball Association’s season-end awards.
NBA has renamed the MVP Trophy award to legendary star Michael Jordan
Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, has won five MVPs in his 15-season career, coming in second behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has won six of them. Abdul-Jabbar’s name is also given to one of the NBA’s annual awards.
Other renamed awards announced were Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy for Defensive Player of the Year, Wilt Chamberlain Trophy for Best Rookie of the Year, George Mikan Trophy for Most Improved Athlete…
The new Michael Jordan Trophy was created with the NBA icon’s illustrious career credentials. It features an image of an athlete preparing to score, with pattern elements that reflect Jordan’s career, including references to his NBA number 23 and 6 jerseys.
Previously, the tournament’s MVP Trophy was named after former American Basketball Association President Maurice Podoloff. This person’s name will now be attached to a new award honoring the team with the best performance of the season.