WELCOME TO THE

2018 Players’ Voice Awards


To bring the #PlayersVoice to life, the NBPA partnered with 9 renowned digital artists to help with the reveal of each award. Artists were commissioned to create a unique and powerful representation of their assigned award, which embodies the award spirit and the winning player.

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THE LINEUP


Dedicated to the players that are the heart & soul of their team, he brings 100% to his squad!

5 secs on the 🕑...this is the player you want with the rock in his hands.

This player proved that having style & flavor transcends past the hardwood.

Dedicated to the player that is a terror for the opposition, no man can stop him from getting to the cup.

This category honors the rookie who rose to the occasion & proved they are a ⭐ in the making.

The definition of a 🔓⏬ defender, this player is a champ on the defensive end.

In a league of their own, this player proved flat out they were the best on the floor.

This 🥇 goes to the player who was influential off the court and continues to impact society.

This goes to the vet who has their fingerprints all over the game, and leaves a legacy for the next generation.

Whether it’s a new venture or investment, this player has mastered the art of hustling off the court.

If it's a pair of OG’s or the latest drops, this player’s 👟 game is A1.

Given to the spark 🔌 off the bench, once he checks in –– the momentum of the game shifts.

The NBPA Backbone Award


Winners:

Atlanta Hawks Kent Bazemore
Boston Celtics Marcus Smart
Brooklyn Nets Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker
Chicago Bulls Bobby Portis
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James
Dallas Mavericks Wesley Matthews
Denver Nuggets RIchard Jefferson
Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond
Golden State Warriors Draymond Green
Houston Rockets PJ Tucker
Indiana Pacers Victor Oladipo
Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan
Los Angeles Lakers Julius Randle
Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol
Miami Heat Udonis Haslem
Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo
Minnesota Timberwolves Taj Gibson
New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis
New York Knicks Enes Kanter
Oklahoma City Thunder Nick Collison
Orlando Magic Marreese Speights
Philadelphia 76ers TJ McConnell
Phoenix Suns Alan Williams
Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard
Sacramento Kings Vince Carter
San Antonio Spurs LaMarcus Aldridge
Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry
Utah Jazz Jae Crowder
Washington Wizards John Wall

Bob Lian is an international illustrator and animator based in China. With his specialty being sports, his anime style artwork has been commissioned by the likes of Bleacher Report and now the NBPA.

The NBPA Leader of the New School Award


Winner:

Donovan Mitchell

Sophia Chang hails from the borough of Queens, New York. An avid and energized spirit, active in the art & design community. She earned her BFA in Illustration at Parsons School of Design. She is a storyteller working in all mediums of creative matter, from printmaking, apparel, websites, graphic design, illustration, event planning, curation and more. She aims to never stay idle.

The NBPA Freshest Award


Winner:

Russell Westbrook

Jack Perkins is an illustrator with a focus on basketball and the NBA. From his early childhood, basketball was a big part of his life. At 13, he painted the original Dream Team on his bedroom wall. His work has been featured by Jordan Brand, Bleacher Report, ESPN, PGA, NBC Sports, and Cycle Media. Jack's also created commissioned work for Tim Duncan and Donovan Mitchell along with personalized art for Colin Kaepernick, Kyrie Irving and Javale McGee. Jack still plays pickup ball weekly and lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Alicia and daughter Irie.

The NBPA Locksmith Award


Winner:

Rudy Gobert

As the founder of Art Mobb, Michael Farhat has established himself as one of LA’s most innovative artists who's unique style plexi glass art continues to be sought after by the NBA elite, celebrities and other top athletes.

Michael has gained increased notoriety as pro athletes have displayed his custom designs through their own social channels. His work has been promoted and commissioned by the likes of Chris Paul, Baron Davis, Shaq, Kevin Garnett, Gilbert Arenas, Deron Williams, Stephen Curry, Dorell Wright etc. Michael has found passion in teaming up with athletes to create strategies and awareness to various charities, using his artwork to engage a wider demographic to the athletes charity of choice.

The NBPA Toughest To Guard Award


Winner:

JAMES HARDEN


Lawrence “Naturel” Atoigue (1983) His sharp futuristic work has quickly emerged in today's contemporary art scene. His sharp, triangular illustrations are a futuristic blend of pop and cubism, with a surrealist twist. Considered an influencer himself with a massive social media following, his talents have also attracted the eyes and ears of celebrity clients such as Swizz Beatz, Spike Lee, Paul Rosenberg and LeBron James, among many others. Working directly with Jay-Z on iconic apparel designs, he has also served as a Creative Collaborator for global campaigns ranging from brands like PUMA and Fiat, as well as working with multi-national brands like Pepsi and the NBA.

The NBPA X Factor Award


Winner:

Lou Williams

Jamaican born visual artist, Taj Francis, has a diverse interest of expression, mainly focused through illustration. Being a multifaceted artist, his work is produced in several forms, such as: paintings, digital art, murals and video art or animation. Through this, his pieces explore the subtle nuances of human behavior and identity, specifically relating to African ancestry.

The NBPA Best Side Hustle Award


Winner: Russell Westbrook

Jack Perkins is an illustrator with a focus on basketball and the NBA. From his early childhood, basketball was a big part of his life. At 13, he painted the original Dream Team on his bedroom wall. His work has been featured by Jordan Brand, Bleacher Report, ESPN, PGA, NBC Sports, and Cycle Media. Jack's also created commissioned work for Tim Duncan and Donovan Mitchell along with personalized art for Colin Kaepernick, Kyrie Irving and Javale McGee. Jack still plays pickup ball weekly and lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Alicia and daughter Irie.

The NBPA Mr. Clutch Award


Winner:

Damian Lillard

Ryan Simpson is an illustrator from Charlotte who graduated from Appalachian State in 2009. He began his career as a designer at a branding agency for around 5 years before shifting into full-time freelance illustration. He is an avid, life long NBA fan with strong post moves and a solid mid-range J.

The NBPA Most Respected Award


Winner:

Vince Carter

Andrew Archer is an illustrator and art director who was born in Auckland, New Zealand and currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by culture, wood block prints, basketball and his time spent in Asia his work is a self asserting mix of hallucinogenic colour and rhythmic line combined with delicate patterns and surreal narrative.

The NBPA Sneaker Champ Award


Winner:

PJ Tucker

FILFURY is a British artist, designer and director.

A multidisciplinary artist, who’s execution is bold and graphic. Although constantly working in a variety of mediums, there is a cohesion throughout his work that reinforces his creative strength and allows for a deliberate mark to be left. Be it through directing live action, photography, digital art, animation or physical sculpture.

FURY mixes mediums, from live action direction – to installation art, effortlessly swapping from full digital executions to real tactile sculptural pieces. A perfectionist in all realms, digital precision translates to immaculate cut and sew detail.  Repurposing form and painting with contemporary textures. Heavily influenced by a 90s childhood, US Sports, hip hop, uk garage, an addiction to sneakers and sportswear directly translate in his works.



THE NBPA PEOPLE'S CHAMP AWARD


Winner:

LEBRON JAMES


Bob Lian is an international illustrator and animator based in China. With his specialty being sports, his anime style artwork has been commissioned by the likes of Bleacher Report and now the NBPA.



THE NBPA MVP AWARD:


Winner:

JAMES HARDEN


Lawrence “Naturel” Atoigue (1983) His sharp futuristic work has quickly emerged in today's contemporary art scene. His sharp, triangular illustrations are a futuristic blend of pop and cubism, with a surrealist twist. Considered an influencer himself with a massive social media following, his talents have also attracted the eyes and ears of celebrity clients such as Swizz Beatz, Spike Lee, Paul Rosenberg and LeBron James, among many others. Working directly with Jay-Z on iconic apparel designs, he has also served as a Creative Collaborator for global campaigns ranging from brands like PUMA and Fiat, as well as working with multi-national brands like Pepsi and the NBA.

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