With this year's major awards categories figuring to be some of the closest races we've seen in years, and individual cases being made
for who should win, NBA.com turned to the league's GMs
to gauge who might be taking home the hardware. With their votes in, we now turn to the official vote to see if the media agrees with the teams' decision makers.
Phoenix's Nash Wins Most Valuable Player Award
-- Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns was named the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player
for the 2005-06 season, the NBA announced today. He joins Hall of Famer Magic Johnson as the only point guards in league history to capture multiple MVP trophies and becomes one of only nine players to win the award in consecutive seasons. The 10-year NBA veteran totaled 924 points, including 57 first place votes, from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City's Chris Paul Named
T-Mobile Rookie of the Year
-- Chris Paul of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets received the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2005-06 T-Mobile Rookie of the Year
. Paul received 124 out of a possible 125 first-place votes (623 points) from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, the largest percent of votes since David Robinson received 100 percent of first-place votes in 1989-90.
2005-06 NBA T-Mobile All-Rookie Team
Detroit's Ben Wallace Wins Defensive Player of the Year Award
-- The NBA announced today that Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons has won the 2005-06 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Award, marking the fourth time in his career that he has captured the trophy as the league’s best defender.
2005-06 NBA All-Defensive Team
Phoenix's Diaw Wins Most Improved Player Award
-- Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns was named the winner of the 2005-06 NBA Most Improved Player Award
. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons.
L.A. Clippers' Brand Wins Sportsmanship Award
-- Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy, presented to the 2005-06 NBA Sportsmanship Award
Memphis' Miller Wins Sixth Man Award
-- Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies has been named the winner of the 2005-06 NBA Sixth Man Award
, honoring the league’s top player in a reserve role.
Minnesota's Garnett Wins Kennedy Citizenship Award
-- Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves is the 2006 recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The award is named for the second commissioner of the league and honors an NBA player or coach for outstanding service and dedication to the community.
Dallas' Johnson Named Coach of the Year
-- On April 25, the first award of the year was announced, as Dallas' Avery Johnson was named the winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy
as the NBA Coach of the Year. In his first full season as the Mavericks' head coach, Johnson received 63 first-place votes and 419 total points, from a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.