After a dream season that ended with Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and the rest of the team lifting the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, the Toronto Raptors have been nominated for two ESPYS.
The annual sports awards gala is held annually by ESPN on the quietest sports day of the year – the day after the MLB All-Star Game. Hosted by Tracy Morgan this year, the ESPYS, are scheduled for July 10 in Los Angeles.
And the Raptors could walk away with some hardware.
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The Raptors are up for the prestigious award of ‘Best Team.’
Their competition includes:
- Boston Red Sox (MLB)
- Clemson Tigers (NCAA football)
- New England Patriots (NFL)
- Baylor Bears (NCAA women’s basketball)
- Virginia Cavaliers (NCAA men’s basketball)
- US Women’s National team (soccer)
The Raptors are also in the running for ‘Best Play,’ which is of course Kawhi Leonard’s already iconic Game 7 buzzer beater to knock out the Philadelphia 76ers.
2019 @ESPYS Awards
Category: Best Play
Nominee: Kawhi Called Series
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 3, 2019
Also up for ‘Best Play’ includes:
- Dolphins’ Miami Miracle downs the Patriots
- Derrick Henry’s record-setting 99-yard TD run
- Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
Curiously enough, Kawhi is not up for ‘Best NBA Player,’ despite an outstanding regular season and playoffs, which included an NBA Finals MVP in his first season with the Raptors.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), James Harden (Houston), Kevin Durant (Golden State), and Paul George (Oklahoma City) are instead up for that award.