Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson are the finalists for the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, the NBA announced Friday.
The award, named after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's all-time leading scorer, is given to the player who best embodies Abdul-Jabbar's message of civil rights, Black empowerment and racial equality.
The five finalists, whittled down from an original list of 30 nominees, one from each team, are in consideration for a $100,000 award that the league will donate to a social justice-focused organization of the winner's choosing. The four other finalists will receive $25,000 donations.
Anthony, alongside Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and former NBA guard Dwyane Wade, created the Social Change Fund in July 2020. The fund is an investment organization that strives to address the social and economic issues facing Black communities, including voting, housing and education. He also established the STAYME7O Propel Program and Creative 7, initiatives focused on content creation, fashion, art and design. Anthony is also a board member of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition. His designated organization is the Portland Art Museum's Black Arts and Experiences Initiative.