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SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 25: Host Anthony Anderson speaks onstage at the 2018 NBA Awards at Barkar Hangar on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner Sports)

ICYMI, last night’s 2018 NBA Awards was LIT!

Other than some of the most prestigious awards in sports being announced, there were some awesome noteworthy moments at this year’s ceremony.

Like this for instance.

#BillRussell the GOAT ???????? @nbaontnt #TOPBALL

5,476 Likes, 126 Comments - Top Ball (@top.ball.coverage) on Instagram: "#BillRussell the GOAT ???????? @nbaontnt #TOPBALL"

The living legend, Bill Russell, flipped Charles Barkley the bird and it was amazing. He responded on Twitter apologizing for the NSFW incident.

Indiana Pacers star guard, Victor Oladipo, showed off his vocal skills mid show.

#VictorOladipo showing off them vocals... he dropped an R&B album last year if you like what you heard ????

47 Likes, 4 Comments - Feed Me Content (@feed_me_content) on Instagram: "#VictorOladipo showing off them vocals... he dropped an R&B album last year if you like what you..."

EA Sports announced its cover athlete for NBA Live 19 in Joel Embiid.

Introducing the new face of NBA LIVE 19, @joelembiid in The ONE Edition Available September 7th #NBALIVE19

7,933 Likes, 510 Comments - NBA LIVE 19 (@easportsnba) on Instagram: "Introducing the new face of NBA LIVE 19, @joelembiid in The ONE Edition Available September 7th..."

And Anthony Anderson showed the world how ridiculous the “shorts-suit” looks.

Anderson also let Embiid know that he’s got his back when it comes to Rihanna.

But lets get down to the good stuff. Here’s who really won last night.

Ben Simmons Rookie Of The Year

@bensimmons is your 2017-2018 #KiaROY! #NBAAwards

64.2k Likes, 1,729 Comments - NBA on TNT (@nbaontnt) on Instagram: "@bensimmons is your 2017-2018 #KiaROY! #NBAAwards"

Victor Oladipo Most Improved Player

Victor Oladipo is this year's Most Improved Player!

28k Likes, 172 Comments - NBA on ESPN (@nbaonespn) on Instagram: "Victor Oladipo is this year's Most Improved Player!"

Rudy Gobert Defensive Player Of The Year

Congratulations to @rudygobert27 of the @utahjazz, the 2018 #KiaDPOY! #NBAAwards

430.5k Likes, 3,025 Comments - NBA (@nba) on Instagram: "Congratulations to @rudygobert27 of the @utahjazz, the 2018 #KiaDPOY! #NBAAwards"

Lou Williams Sixth Man Of The Year

Lou Williams takes home the 2017-18 NBA #KiaSixth Man of the Year! #NBAAwards

27.4k Likes, 104 Comments - @nbatv on Instagram: "Lou Williams takes home the 2017-18 NBA #KiaSixth Man of the Year! #NBAAwards"

Dwane Casey Coach Of The Year

Dwane Casey is your 2017-2018 Coach of the Year! #NBAAwards

34.9k Likes, 601 Comments - NBA on TNT (@nbaontnt) on Instagram: "Dwane Casey is your 2017-2018 Coach of the Year! #NBAAwards"

The Play Of The Year went to LeBron and his buzzer beater against the T-Wolves.

King James ???? takes home the fan vote for Best Play of the Year! ???? #NBAAwards⁠ ⁠

19.6k Likes, 189 Comments - NBA on TNT (@nbaontnt) on Instagram: "King James ???? takes home the fan vote for Best Play of the Year! ???? #NBAAwards⁠ ⁠"

James Harden Most Valuable Player

#NBAAwards 2K18 ????.

6,321 Likes, 41 Comments - @nbatv on Instagram: "#NBAAwards 2K18 ????."

Making him only the second player in NBA history to win a Sixth Man Of The Year award and an MVP.

There's something about those beards... #NBAAwards⁠ ⁠

46.8k Likes, 225 Comments - @nbatv on Instagram: "There's something about those beards... #NBAAwards⁠ ⁠"

Needless to say the 2018 NBA Awards did not disappoint.

 

Written by Christopher Schweitzer
Beasley Media Group Inc.