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NBA 2016-17 Honors

Kia MVP: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kia Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks
Kia Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Kia Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Kia Sixth Man Award: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
Coach of the Year: Mike D’Antoni, Houston Rockets
Executive of the Year: Bob Myers, Golden State Warriors
Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
NBA Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend
Sager Strong Award: Monty Williams, San Antonio Spurs

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 53.4M
2. LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 37M
3. Neymar Jr. Barcelona 29.7M
4. Kaka MLS 27M
5. Sachin Tendulkar cricket 16.6M
6. Andres Iniesta Barcelona 16.5M
7. Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors 16M
8. Virat Kohli cricket 15.9M
9. Mesut Ozil Arsenal 15.5M
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Jan272017

He’s No. 1 (Again): Cubs’ Kris Bryant Gets Leadoff Spot For Topps ’17 Baseball

By Barry Janoff

January 26, 2017: As if he needed it, Kris Bryant has another reason to proclaim that he is No. 1.

Bryant, who in 2016 helped to lead the Chicago Cubs to the team’s first World Series title in 108 years, and was named both National League and World Series MVP, has been selected to appear on the prestigious card No. 1 in the 2017 Topps Baseball Series 1, which is due to hit retail on Feb. 1.

Bryant was afforded the honor by a vote among fans conducted by Topps.

Bryant not only had a good year on the field but also via endorsements. His deals include Under Armour, Gatorade, Express Men and New Era.

This past November, Bryant signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Topps that was called the largest in the trading card and memorabilia company’s history, which traces its roots back to 1938.

The Topps deal includes multi-media marketing, autographed cards and collectibles and other activation.

The one-week online vote took place this past October, during which people were able to select from among a list of 16 nominees on the Topps Web site.

Topps initiated its fan Vote for Card No. 1 in 2016, during which Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the honor.

Other players who have appeared on card No. 1 include Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza and Derek Jeter.

"It’s a huge honor to be chosen as Card No. 1 since it has depicted so many legends before me," Bryant said in a statement. "It’s very humbling and nice to know it came from the fans."

Among the players on the list of nominees for 2017 were Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Yadier Molina, Gary Sanchez and David 'Big Papi' Ortiz.

The previous year, the top five in voting were Trout, Posey, Bryant, Josh Donaldson and Harper.

Topps did not share totals for the 2017 vote.

According to David Leiner, Gm and vp-Topps North American Sports & Entertainment, "Kris Bryant is an outstanding player with an infectious personality. He’s done so much in his career and has created fans throughout base."

According to Topps, Baseball Series 1 also contains ten cards depicting MLB Network on-air personalities, including John Smoltz, Sean Casey, Kevin Millar, Harold Reynolds, Greg Amsinger and Lauren Shehadi.

Topps Baseball Series 2 is scheduled to be released in June, followed by the October release of the 2017 Topps Baseball Update.

'Big Papi,' Trout, Harper, Bryant, Posey Vie For Topps ’17 Card No. 1

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