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Nash, Reggie and Dwyane have now joined the list. Shaq's won three. So has Tim Duncan. The Pistons, Lakers and Bulls have also won them. And of course, Michael Jordan has won the most.

Your mind may be racing, thinking, "What: NBA titles? MVPs? Finals MVPs?" While that would be true that these guys have cleaned up in the NBA, they've also cleaned up at what's been called the Oscars of Sport: The ESPYs.

For the record, Jordan has won 10 ESPYs, the most of any player, team or coach associated with the NBA. Jordan's wins include Best NBA Player, Best Comeback Athlete (1996) and Best Male Athlete (1993).

In the 2005 ESPYs, held July 13th and airing on ESPN Sunday, July 17, Steve Nash, Reggie Miller and Dwyane Wade added their names to the list of NBA players who have claimed one of sports' coveted prizes.

Take a look at who took home a 2005 ESPY and which nominees were in the running.


Let's hear it for Reggie.
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Reggie Miller may have broken more hearts than Casanova. With the exception of a certain No. 23, Miller can claim to be among the most clutch players in NBA Playoff history.

But even Miller, with a team-high 27 points, couldn't snatch the Pacers from the jaws of defeat in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series with the Detroit Pistons. In honor of Miller, Pacers coach Rick Carlisle called a time out to let the Conseco Fieldhouse crowd shower Reggie with applause. Then, Pistons coach Larry Brown did the same as the Pistons came to halfcourt to salute the Pacers' all-time leading scorer. At that moment, it was tough to find a dry eye in Conseco.

Winner: 2005 Best Moment
Video: Miller's retirement ceremony
Past NBA winners: None


All that's missing is the cape.
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Even before he stepped on the court with Dwyane Wade as a member of the Miami Heat, Shaquille O'Neal said that the Heat belonged to Wade, fresh off his rookie season.

People chuckled, but Shaq knew what he was talking about, and soon, everyone else knew as well. Wade's regular-season scoring average went from 16.2 points per game as a rookie to 24.1 this season. But he shined brightest on the game's grandest stage: Wade (aka "Flash") averaged 27.4 ppg in the postseason, including 31.4 ppg in a four-game sweep of the Wizards.

Wade's team? You bet. Now who's chuckling?

Winner: 2005 Best Breakthrough Nominees
Video: Flash flies again for the Heat
Past NBA winners: LeBron James (2004)


MVP adds an ESPY.
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Who's the best NBA player? The media had their say: Steve Nash. So did the fans. They, too, picked Nash. And NBA fans had another chance to pick the Best NBA Player, this time for the ESPYs. There were five excellent nominees, but the NBA's reigning MVP again was the league's player. Other nominees included:

  • Allen Iverson, Philadelphia: Led the league in scoring with 30.7 ppg
  • LeBron James, Cleveland: Averaged 27.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 7.2 apg
  • Shaquille O'Neal, Miami: Second in the MVP vote and first in FG% (.601)
  • Dwyane Wade, Miami: See also, Best Breakthrough

  • Winner: 2005 Best NBA Player
    Past winners: Kevin Garnett (2004); Tim Duncan (2003, 2000); Shaquille O'Neal (2002, 2001); Michael Jordan (1999, 1998, 1997, 1993); Hakeem Olajuwon (1996, 1995); Charles Barkley (1994)

    The Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich were nominated, but didn't come home with any hardware.


    Third title ride in seven years.
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    Best team? You don't say! The Spurs just won their third NBA title in seven years and second crown in three, and they did it in dramatic fashion: beating the defending champs in a thrilling seven-game series. You had Robert Horry's heroics in Game 5, Manu Ginobili's acrobatics and Tim Duncan's overall excellence and subsequent Finals MVP Performance.

    And with many of their core players under contract through the end of the decade, you can probably expect a couple more San Antonio appearances in this category in the years to come.

    Nominees: 2005 Best Team Nominees
    Video: Spurs victory parade | Spurs win NBA title
    Past NBA winners: Detroit Pistons (2004); Los Angeles Lakers (2002)


    Pop can coach.
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    Rattle off the names of the best coaches in NBA history: Red Auerbach, Red Holzman, Pat Riley, Chuck Daly, Phil Jackson, Larry Brown ...

    It's time to add another name to that list: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. The head coach of the NBA champion Spurs added a third ring to his collection when San Antonio topped Detroit in seven games. His call to put defensive stopper Bruce Bowen on the scorching-hot Chauncey Billups in overtime in Game 5 helped the Spurs win that game as much as Horry's heroics.

    Because of brains like that, Popovich joins four other NBA coaches who have won three rings: John Kundla, five; Auerbach, nine; Riley, four; and Jackson, nine.

    Nominees: 2005 Best Coach/Manager Nominees
    Video: Spurs victory parade | Spurs win NBA title
    Past NBA winners: Larry Brown, Pistons (2004); Phil Jackson, Lakers (2002)