NBA Lifetime Achievement Award
The NBA's Lifetime Achievement Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to a player who exemplified extraordinary success on and off the court in the NBA.
The inaugural recipient of the award was Bill Russell: a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics. The 2019 award was shared between two players: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Every recipient of the award has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame prior to receiving the award. As of 2019[update], all winners have been American.
|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|2016–17||Bill Russell*||Center||United States||Boston Celtics|||
|2017–18||Oscar Robertson*||Guard||United States||Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks|||
|2018–19||Larry Bird*||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics|||
|Magic Johnson*||Guard||United States||Los Angeles Lakers|||
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- "Oscar Robertson to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at NBA Awards". nba.com. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
- "Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2019 NBA Awards". nba.com. Retrieved 19 May 2019.