From the time most basketball players first pick up a basketball, they play for recognition … and perhaps equally as important: trophies.
Thanks to designer Victor Solomon, competitors in the NBA 2K23 Summer League have the chance to take home some specially designed hardware at the conclusion of tournament play.
The NBA 2K23 Summer League featured all 30 NBA teams and was played at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the New York Knicks 85-77 in the championship game on Sunday. The Blazers’ Trendon Watford scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals to earn MVP honors.
The Vegas run has been an NBA fixture since 2004, and the trophies pay homage to the host city.
According to the official release:
The championship trophy stands 14 inches tall and resembles a rolled up playing card in gold vermeil. The inside showcases a basketball court motif with the achievement inscribed in its center, while the exterior includes an engraved basketball and net pattern designed to replicate a classic playing card.
The MVP trophy is a 8” x 8” x 8” crystal cube set to resemble a six-sided die, with the award name on the front face and gold basketballs etched on the remaining five faces.
The championship MVP will receive a 10-inch crystal disc with a gold poker chip-inspired trim around its edge.