LeBron James has won another award, although this one is different than the rest.
At the first annual NBPA Awards at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, LeBron was voted 'player you secretly wish was on your team' by his fellow NBA players. LeBron beat out Spurs center Tim Duncan, Warriors guard Steph Curry and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis for the award.
James was also nominated for the 'clutch performer' award, which went to Curry, and the 'Most Valuable Player' award, which went to Rockets guard James Harden. Other awards, such as the award for 'Global Impact Player', were not announced. Cavs guard Kyrie Irving was one of the four nominees for the 'Global Impact Player' award.
This was the first year the NBPA has put on an awards show. Since 1981, selected media has voted on awards like MVP. This year's awards aired on BET and the NBPA has a three year deal with BET to air the awards.
"All I know is that the [players] have a sense of who they respect and whose game they respect - in a way that the media can't possibly know, because the media hasn't played with these guys," said NBPA executive director Michele Roberts to the media assembled in Las Vegas. "So it's an interesting, different perspective. I don't want to say that one's better than the other. It's up to you. But it's interesting to me to hear what the players have to say about their brothers."