NBA Introduces Two New Offseason Trophies, Tweaks the Look of Other Postseason Awards

The NBA’s 75th Anniversary celebration continues with the announcement of two new postseason trophies.

The league shared on Thursday that the new trophies will be handed out to a Western and Eastern Conference Finals MVP. In the West, a player will receive The Earvin “Magic” Johnson Trophy, while the East winner will be honored with The Larry Bird Trophy.

As for the traditional hardware awarded to the winner of each conference, those two awards have also received new names. The Western Conference trophy will now be known as The Oscar Robertson trophy, whereas the East’s top team will receive The Bob Cousy Trophy.

Those four awards will have a new sleek design, and the same can be said about the most prestigious honors: The Larry O’Brien Trophy and The Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy.

According to the latest press release, both the net and ball have moved forward slightly and both will be highlighted with elements of a sterling silver like never before. Most notably, however, is the change to the base. Two stacked plates will name the 75 NBA champions over the year, and adding the names of each winning team moving forward will become a tradition.

To be clear, each team will continue to receive it’s own trophy (this isn’t a Stanley Cup situation), but each new trophy will bear the previous winners.

The NBA released a video displaying the changes in more detail:

The Bill Russell MVP trophy remains relatively unchanged, and the only main difference will be the hints of sterling silver on both the ball and net like the Larry O’Brien.

Here’s a complete look at the four new designs and two new trophies:

The changes to the postseason awards come after vast alterations to the All-Star Weekend and annual seasonal awards, as well. While I think some of the latest changes miss the mark (especially the new ball-shaped MVP award), most updates appear well-designed.

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