The event, which is held following the conclusion of the NBA finals, hands out every major individual award of the season. This is the third annual show. The 2017 event was hosted by rapper Drake, and comedian Anthony Anderson hosted the 2018 festivities.
There has been no announcement regarding the 2019 host at this time.
The 2019 MVP debate could create an even closer voting result than Russell Westbrook’s 2017 win over James Harden. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Harden are considered the front-runners and will continue to make their cases over the season’s final month.
Antetokounmpo has continued to be a generational force of nature while leading the Bucks to the NBA’s best record. Harden has put on the greatest scoring season since Michael Jordan in 1986-87, rescuing the Rockets from an early-season nadir and pushing them to the No. 3 seed in the West.
“What is the most valuable player? He sets the tone for our entire organization, our work ethic, our approach to every day,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “You can talk about stats and Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal and things. But when you’ve changed an entire organization, changed the way people come to work every day and set a tone, that’s value to me.