Turner and the NBA announced today that the 2018 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT will air live from historic Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Monday, June 25, at 9 p.m. ET. The star-studded event taking place at one of the city’s signature venues will honor all of the league’s top performers from the 2017-18 NBA season, including the exclusive unveiling of the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.
The second annual NBA Awards on TNT will once again feature current and former NBA players, coaches, musical performances and celebrity presenters throughout the evening. Additionally, the Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will be integrated throughout the show. Additional details will be announced at a later date.
Last year’s inaugural NBA Awards on TNT, which was held in New York, featured award recipients including Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Kia NBA MVP), Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year), Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks (Kia NBA Rookie of the Year), Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets (Kia NBA Sixth Man Award) and Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets (NBA Coach of the Year) as well as Hall of Famer Bill Russell, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
The NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT, created by Turner Sports and the NBA, will be produced by dick clark productions.