While the remaining teams battle it out in the playoffs, the NBA has unveiled a new lineup of postseason hardware, including an evolution of the Larry O’Brien championship trophy. The six new trophies were crafted in collaboration with artist Victor Solomon and Tiffany & Co. – the American luxury house responsible for manufacturing its prizes since 1977. Excitingly, both conferences and their new respective MVP awards will now honour four legends who helped shaped the league into the success it is today.
NBA Finals Trophies
The Larry O’Brien Trophy
The Larry O’Brien trophy, named after the NBA’s third commissioner, has evolved in three key areas. The net and ball configuration has been shifted forward, symbolising the league looking ahead to its future. The most striking alteration may come from the 24k gold vermeil revealing sterling silver that emphasises the channels of the ball and net. Lastly, the base has been reformed to feature two stacked disks The top disc lists the first 75 NBA champions, while each new winner will be etched into the bottom disc, ensuring each team receives a one of a kind trophy bearing its name. The second disc was constructed with enough space for the next 25 NBA champions, leading up to the league’s 100th Anniversary season.
The Bill Russell Trophy
Named after the 11-time champion since 2009, the NBA Finals MVP award is finished entirely in gold vermeil to match the championship trophy and features similar masking to reveal the net and basketball channels.
NBA Conference Champion Trophies
The NBA is naming its conference champion trophies after legends Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson for their contributions on the court and the impact they made as early presidents of the National Basketball Players Association.
The Eastern and Western Conference Champion trophies both raise a silver basketball symbolically quartered into four sections, representing the key milestones on the road to the NBA Finals. The underside lists the 15 teams in each conference and the Conference Finals logo. Made of sterling silver, the Western Conference trophy measures 15.6 inches tall and weighs 31 pounds, while the Eastern Conference trophy also measures 15.6 inches tall and weighs 28 pounds. The etching on the base of both awards features the namesakes and round by round scores. The Eastern Conference Champion Trophy is raised by three posts, while two rings raise the Western Conference Champion Trophy.
NBA Conference Finals MVP Trophies
Perhaps the more notable combo, Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, defined the modern NBA with their individual brilliance and team success in the 1980s. Fierce competitors turned friends, their bicoastal rivalry captivated fans and elevated the league to new heights. The two legends are honoured as namesakes for the trophies that will now be awarded each year to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals MVPs.
Each Conference Finals MVP trophy raises a sterling silver ball, similar to the conference champion trophies. The trophy bears a 24k gold vermeil net in its support structure, mirroring the new Finals MVP trophy, and stands 14 inches tall and weighs approximately five pounds.