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Presented here are three awards given to former NBA star Nick Anderson. The first award is a “Simeon High School 84-85 Most Outstanding Player Chicago City Champ”. The 2½ x 7½ x 15½-inch blue and copper colored metal with gold plastic trophy features two columns rising from a single base with an Eagle, the number “84” on the left column and “85” on the right, leading to the figures of two basketball players in jump-ball action. The trophy is mounted on a 1 x 3 x 7½-inch white marble base. The front of the marble base is a ½ x 6-inch blue metal plaque engraved in silver with the legend “Simeon High School 84-85 Most Outstanding Player Chicago City Champ”. Anderson and his teammates at Simeon won the 1984-85 Chicago City Championship over Carver High School, 65-54.

Next is a 1985 Y.V.I. Ben Wilson Memorial Award Sportsmanship plaque, presented to Simeon Career Academy. The award is presented each year to a Chicago, Illinois area high school basketball standout, and is named in memory of late Simeon hoops star Ben “Benjy” Wilson, who died after a shooting in November 1984. Anderson, his teammate, received the award, and continued to honor him throughout his college career at the University of Illinois and his NBA career with the Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies by wearing Wilson’s number “25”. The 9 x 12-inch brown woodgrain award features a 3 x 5-inch gold metal plaque engraved with the legend “Y.V.I. Ben Wilson Memorial Award Sportsmanship 1985” at the top center. A pair of gold plastic laurels flank the plaque at the top, while a gold plastic laurel wreath and torch are mounted on the award at the lower right. Mounted at the lower left is a 2 x 2 x 6½-inch gold plastic statue with base of a basketball player shooting a hook shot. Wilson was regarded as the top high school player in the U.S. by scouts and coaches attending the 1984 Athletes For Better Education basketball camp. Wilson is noted as the first Chicago athlete to receive this honor. On November 21, 1984, Wilson died due to injuries he sustained in a shooting the day before blocks from Simeon Academy. Wilson was described as "Magic Johnson with a jump shot" by his Simeon coach, Bob Hambric. ESPN broadcast a “30 for 30” documentary about Wilson, “Benjy”, on October 23, 2012.

Last is a 1992 NBA Challenge Most Valuable Player plaque for the Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Orlando Magic game played on October 30, 1992. The ½ x 9 x 12-inch brown wood award features a 7 x 10-inch gold metal plaque with black finish, engraved with the legend “NBA Challenge Presents Most Valuable Player Award Minnesota Timberwolves vs Orlando Magic October 30, 1992 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Rapid City, S.D.”. At the top center of the metal plaque is a second gold metal plaque with a black silk-screened logo for “Gold Dust Deadwood, SD”. The Magic and the Timberwolves travelled to Rapid City, South Dakota for an exhibition game on October 30, 1992, and Magic forward Nick Anderson was voted “MVP” of that contest. Please note that the front of the gold metal plaque is scratched in the lower right edge, left center edge and lower center.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $215.25
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Monday, March 8, 2021.
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