The sport’s annual MVP awards, and this year’s selection of the league’s most valuable players, are on the table for consideration as the league looks to re-establish itself in the eyes of a global audience.
The award, which has been given annually since 1978, has gone largely unrecognized outside of the game’s fan base, but the 2017 winners are poised to change that.
The MVP is given to the player who best represents the league in a given season, and the team with the best record is crowned the league champion.
In the case of the NBA this year, the league has a new star in LeBron James, a man who was a rookie when the award was first awarded in 1978.
James was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1978 and has led the NBA in scoring, assists, rebounds and steals for the last six seasons.
He has been named the league MVP four times.
James was voted the NBA MVP in 2013 and won his first two MVP awards in 2007.
But last season, James was suspended for the first half of the playoffs for his role in a heated altercation with a fan following Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The NBA fined James $50,000 for his actions, and he missed the first six games of the 2015-16 regular season.
James said at the time that he wanted to prove he was the best player in the world, and was disappointed with the suspension.
He said he had to be more assertive than usual in the Finals, and it took him a while to find the right rhythm in the playoffs.
James’ suspension also ended his MVP season.
The 2016 MVP award, however, has not been an easy one to decide.
The voting process has become so heated that the players have had to change their vote to include more of the fans and media.
The 2017 MVP was awarded to James in his first season in Cleveland.
James finished the regular season with 28.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.2 minutes per game.
The NBA also chose the winner of the 2017 WNBA Finals MVP award over fellow star Steph Curry.
Curry had 31 points and 14 rebounds, including 10 boards in the fourth quarter of the championship series.
Curry was awarded the award by the league office on Thursday, and ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported the vote was done in the middle of a night when the NBA and its players were expected to celebrate the league and its championship.
Broussards story was confirmed by league spokesman Mark Adams, who said the vote took place in a conference room in New York.
Adams said the league decided to award the MVP award this year based on the votes from the players and the fan base.
He said it is not an easy decision for the league to make because it is such a critical award for any fan base and the fans.
The vote is made in consultation with all of the players, Adams said.
The 2018 MVP award will be decided on a winner-take-all basis.
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at the beginning of the 2018-19 season.