The NBA’s most valuable player award will be renamed the Michael Jordan Trophy.
It is one of six newly designed trophies named after NBA legends and follows the All-Star Game MVP Award nomination after the late Kobe Bryant.
The other five former players are Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, George Mikan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Jerry West.
Six-time NBA champion Jordan won the MVP award five times while playing for the Chicago Bulls.
He spent most of his career, which began in 1984, with the Bulls and became a global icon that helped raise the profile of the NBA around the world.
The six new prizes are:
- Michael Jordan Trophy: MVP
- Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy: Defensive Player of the Year
- Wilt Chamberlain Trophy: Rookie of the Year
- Jerry West Trophy: Clutch Player of the Year
- John Havlicek Trophy: Sixth Man of the Year
- George Mikan Trophy: Most Improved Player of the Year
“Our new collection of trophies celebrates some of the greatest and most influential players in NBA history,” said league commissioner Adam Silver. “As we recognize the league’s best players each season, we also honor the legends who embody these prestigious awards.”
The Jordan Trophy stands 23.6 inches tall and weighs 23.6 pounds, in honor of Jordan’s number 23 jersey and his six titles. Its five-sided base represents the five MVPs of the Jordanian league.