NBA Social Recap: 2019 Awards Edition

While Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid and James Harden were touring Asia—and LeBron James was busy filming Space Jam 2—much of the league turned up at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica to celebrate basketball’s best from the 2018-19 season at the NBA Awards. Though the hardware was handed out in Los Angeles, plenty of players did their part to extend the celebrations and congratulations on Twitter and Instagram. Here are the best of their honorifics on social media, starting with No. 5.

5) Trezz Predicts Lou Will’s Sixth Man Repeat

Montrezl Harrell didn’t have to wait for the NBA Awards to know that Lou Williams, his longtime teammate and fellow nominee, would take home a second straight and third overall Sixth Man Award. On Monday morning, Trezz shared a message on his Instagram Story and Twitter feed thanking the league for his nomination while handing the honor squarely to his Los Angeles Clippers running mate. With any luck, that dynamic duo will be back in action in LA next season, regardless of how free agency turns out for the Clippers.

4) 'Spida' is Hype for Rudy’s Second DPOY

For as long as he’s been in the league, Donovan Mitchell has only known Rudy Gobert as the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. Granted, Donovan just completed his sophomore season with the Utah Jazz, but Rudy’s run of defensive greatness feels like it’s been going for a generation. With Mike Conley Jr.—the league’s double recipient of the Sportsmanship and Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year awards—joining the backcourt in Salt Lake City, the Jazz could find themselves in the mix for some other trophies next season.

3) Danny Green Gives It Up for ‘Spicy P’

Danny Green needed just one season to win a title with Toronto Raptors—and, evidently, to build a brotherly bond with Pascal Siakam. Once “Spicy P” was officially named the NBA’s Most Improved Player, Danny took a moment to congratulate his Cameroonian teammate on Instagram. Time will tell if Danny, an unrestricted free agent this summer, decides to run it back with Pascal and the soon-to-be defending champs in the fall.

2) Dirk’s Actual Response to Luka Winning ROY

Dirk Nowitzki offered a simple (and gracious) take on his Dallas Mavericks teammate’s honor. NBA Twitter can only hope, though, that Dirk will demonstrate some slightly more provocative tendencies on social media once he settles into retirement.

1) From One Bucks MVP to Another

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was on hand at the NBA Awards to congratulate Giannis Antetokounmpo on becoming the latest Milwaukee Bucks superstar to be named MVP of the league. While introducing Giannis’ highlight reel, Kareem even quipped that he and the “Greek Freak” share the distinction as Milwaukee greats with unusual names. Bucks fans can only hope that Giannis will follow in Kareem’s footsteps and bring a championship to Wisconsin—and not on the path that led “The Captain” to the Los Angeles Lakers.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.