June 15, 1987

NBA awards [1986-87]



No. 2 overall pick Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose two days after he was drafted. Michael Jordan won the scoring title and the Slam Dunk Contest. Julius Erving played his final season.

Player of the Year | Michael Jordan [Bulls] 37.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 49.1 2-point shooting, 85.7 free throw shooting, 2.9 steals.

2. Magic Johnson [Lakers]
3. Larry Bird [Celtics]
4. Kevin McHale [Celtics]
5. Dominique Wilkins [Hawks]

Rookie of the Year | Hot Rod Williams [Cavaliers] 14.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 48.5 2-point shooting, 74.5 free throw shooting, 2.1 blocks. The Cavaliers had three of the four best rookies in the league — Williams, Ron Harper and Brad Daugherty.

Defensive Player of the Year | Akeem Olajuwon [Rockets] 3.4 blocks.

Sixth Man of the Year | Ricky Pierce [Bucks] 19.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 54.5 2-point shooting, 88.0 free throw shooting.

Coach of the Year | Pat Riley [Lakers] 65-17



FIRST TEAM |

Forward | Larry Bird [Celtics] 28.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 54.7 2-point shooting, 40.0 3-point shooting, 91.0 free throw shooting. Age [30]

Forward | Kevin McHale [Celtics] 26.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 60.6 2-point shooting, 83.6 free throw shooting, 2.2 blocks. Age [29]

Center | Akeem Olajuwon [Rockets] 23.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 50.9 2-point shooting, 70.2 free throw shooting, 3.4 blocks. Age [24]

Guard | Michael Jordan [Bulls] 37.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 49.1 2-point shooting, 85.7 free throw shooting, 2.9 steals. Age [23]

Point guard | Magic Johnson [Lakers] 23.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 12.2 assists, 53.2 2-point shooting, 84.8 free throw shooting. Age [27]



SECOND TEAM |

Forward | Charles Barkley [76ers] 23.0 points, 14.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 64.3 2-point shooting, 76.1 free throw shooting. Age [23]

Forward | Dominique Wilkins [Hawks] 29.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 47.4 2-point shooting, 81.8 free throw shooting. Age [27]

Center | Moses Malone [Bullets] 24.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 45.8 2-point shooting, 82.4 free throw shooting. Age [31]

Point guard | Fat Lever [Nuggets] 18.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 48.6 2-point shooting, 78.2 free throw shooting, 2.5 steals. Age [26]

Guard | Clyde Drexler [Trail Blazers] 21.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 51.1 2-point shooting, 76.0 free throw shooting, 2.5 steals. Age [24]



HONORABLE MENTION |

Point guard | Isiah Thomas [Pistons] 20.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 48.4 2-point shooting, 76.8 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Forward | Larry Nance [Suns] 22.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 55.3 2-point shooting, 77.3 free throw shooting, 2.1 blocks. Age [27]

Point guard | Sleepy Floyd [Warriors] 18.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 51.2 2-point shooting, 86.0 free throw shooting. Age [26]

Forward | Kiki Vandeweghe [Trail Blazers] 26.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 52.5 2-point shooting, 88.6 free throw shooting. Age [28]
— Kevin Brewer

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