May 15, 1981

NBA awards [1980-81]

The league added the expansion Dallas Mavericks. The Houston Rockets [40-42] became the second (and last) team with a losing record to make the NBA Finals, beating the Kansas City Kings [40-42] in the Western Conference finals, and the Boston Celtics won their 14th championship.

Player of the Year | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lakers] 26.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 57.4 2-point shooting, 76.6 free throw shooting, 2.9 blocks.



Player of the Year | Julius Erving [76ers] 24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 52.5 2-point shooting, 78.7 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals.

Rookie of the Year | Joe Barry Carroll [Warriors] 18.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 49.2 2-point shooting, 71.6 free throw shooting. Age [22] 2. Darrell Griffith [Jazz]

Coach of the Year | Don Nelson [Bucks] 55-27 2. Bill Fitch [Celtics] 3. Red Holzman [Knicks]

Executive of the Year | Red Auerbach [Celtics] On the day before the draft, Auerbach traded the first [Joe Barry Carroll] and 13th [Rickey Brown] picks to the Warriors for Robert Parish and the third pick [Kevin McHale].

First team
Forward | Julius Erving [76ers] 24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 52.5 2-point shooting, 78.7 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals. Age [30]

Forward | Adrian Dantley [Jazz] 30.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 56.0 2-point shooting, 80.6 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Center | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lakers] 26.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 57.4 2-point shooting, 76.6 free throw shooting, 2.9 blocks. Age [33]

Guard | George Gervin [Spurs] 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 49.6 2-point shooting, 82.6 free throw shooting. Age [28]

Point guard | Micheal Ray Richardson [Knicks] 16.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 49.3 2-point shooting, 66.3 free throw shooting, 2.9 steals. Age [25]



Second team
Forward | Larry Bird [Celtics] 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 48.9 2-point shooting, 86.3 free throw shooting, 2.0 steals. Age [24]

Forward | Marques Johnson [Bucks] 20.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 55.6 2-point shooting, 70.6 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Center | Moses Malone [Rockets] 27.8 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 52.2 2-point shooting, 75.7 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Point guard | Dennis Johnson [Suns] 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 44.6 2-point shooting, 82.0 free throw shooting. Age [26]

Guard | Otis Birdsong [Kings] 24.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 55.1 2-point shooting, 69.7 free throw shooting. Age [25]



Honorable mention
Center | Robert Parish [Celtics] 18.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 54.5 2-point shooting, 71.0 free throw shooting, 2.6 blocks. Age [27]

Center | Artis Gilmore [Bulls] 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 67.0 2-point shooting, 70.5 free throw shooting, 2.4 blocks. Age [31]

Forward | Bernard King [Warriors] 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 58.9 2-point shooting, 70.3 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Center | Dan Issel [Nuggets] 21.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 50.7 2-point shooting, 75.9 free throw shooting. Age [32]
— Kevin Brewer