June 24 (UPI) — The 2019 NBA Awards took place Monday night at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
The annual award show recognizes players and personnel from around the NBA who performed among the league’s best throughout the season. This year’s event came after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals to claim their first championship in franchise history.
The night started with Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic being named the Rookie of the Year. The standout forward edged Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young for the award.
Raptors forward Pascal Siakam was named the Most Improved Player after he averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during the regular season. He helped guide Toronto to its first NBA title.
Here are the full results from the 2019 NBA Awards:
Rookie of the Year Award: Luka Doncic, F, Dallas Mavericks
Most Improved Player Award: Pascal Siakam, F, Toronto Raptors
Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award: Mike Conley, G, Memphis Grizzlies
Sixth Man of the Year Award: Lou Williams, G, Los Angeles Clippers
Sager Strong Award: Robin Roberts
Coach of the Year Award: Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
Executive of the Year Award: Jon Horst, Milwaukee Bucks
Defensive Player of the Year Award: Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz
Most Valuable Player Award: Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks