The NFL has one more way to showcase the talents of the talented and the innovative, and that’s the NBA’s annual awards show.
On Saturday night, teams will be presented with the NBA D-League MVP and the league’s other most valuable player.
Each team is invited to submit a list of players they want to see on the podium, along with their full resume and endorsements, and the winner is determined by a panel of four NBA executive committee members, including owners, GMs, coaches, and executives.
The NBA’s new award is a chance for a team to shine through their own hard work and the work of their teammates.
The D-Leaguers are the first team to receive the D-Lounge Award, the league has christened the “League’s Most Valuable Player Award,” which is awarded to the team that “has produced the most consistent performance in a season and consistently performed at the highest level,” as well as the team with the “best overall team and individual player combination.”
The award is made up of three components: Player Performance, Leadership and Community Service.
In addition to receiving the DLS award, each D-league team will receive the “Most Valuable Rookie Award” which is named for the rookie of the year who has produced the highest overall season, overall performance and individual performance.
The winner will receive $1 million, and a first-round draft pick.
The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on TNT, and will be streamed on NBA.com, NBA TV, and NBA Mobile.
It is the first time the DLeague has received the award, which is also named for its namesake, the Dliners, an elite league that existed from 1985 to 1992 and featured several NBA superstars including Larry Bird, Chris Webber, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquill Griffin.