2015 ESPY Nominees: LeBron James, Serena Williams Among Best Athlete Finalists

NBA star will compete against MVP Steph Curry and NFL players Aaron Rodgers, JJ Watt

Last Updated: June 24, 2015 @ 3:20 PM

Stephen Curry topped LeBron James in both NBA Most Valuable Player voting and the league’s head-to-head championship series — but will he steal the Best Male Athlete ESPY Award from the popular Cleveland Cavalier player?

Viewers will find out on July 15 at 8 p.m. ET, when the ESPYS are broadcast from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Also competing in the Best Male Athlete category are NFL stars Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt.

Best Female Athlete will come down to Ronda Rousey, Breanna Stewart, Lindsey Vonn and Serena Williams.

The awards will air on ABC for the first time ever, moving over from Disney sister network ESPN. Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award this year, and “Community” star Joel McHale is set to host the show.

The celebration kicks off with “SportsCenter at The ESPYS” and “The ESPYS Countdown Show Presented by Capital One” airing from 6-7 p.m. ET and 7-8 p.m. ET, respectively, on ESPN prior to the start of the awards. “The ESPYS” are executive produced by Mandt and MaggieVision Productions.

Below is the full list of nominees.

Best Male Athlete
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
JJ Watt, Houston Texans

Best Female Athlete
Ronda Rousey, MMA
Breanna Stewart, UConn Basketball
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
Serena Williams, WTA

Best Championship Performance
American Pharoah, Race Horse
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Lauren Haeger, Florida Softball
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants
Mo’ne Davis, Little League Baseball
Cardale Jones, Ohio State Buckeyes
Jordan Spieth, PGA

Best Record-Breaking Performance
Lauren Chamberlain hits 91st home run in NCAA softball
Devin Hester takes punt in for 20th touchdown return
Peyton Manning throws record-509th touchdown pass
Klay Thompson scores 37 points in a single quarter

Best Upset
Georgia State over Baylor, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
Kansas City Royals wins AL Pennant
Mississippi over Alabama, FBS

Best Game
A’s vs. Royals, MLB AL Wild Card
Spurs vs. Clippers Game 7, NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals
Patriots vs. Seahawks, Super Bowl

Best Play (bracket-style)

  1. Odell Beckham catch vs. 16. Albany goalie lacrosse goal
  2. Bahamas Bowl Hail Mary vs. 15. Dwayne Bravo cricket catch
  3. Lionel Messi goal  vs. 14. Jerian Grant dunk
  4. Malcolm Butler INT  vs. 13. Josh Sheehan triple back flip
  5. Stephen Curry step back 3 vs. 12. Ameer Abdullah TD run
  6. Ronda Rousey armbar vs. 11. Gerald Green dunk off the glass
  7. Tyler Ennis goal vs. 10.  Shoni Schimmel circus shot
  8. Kevin Pillar catch vs. 9.  Jeremy Menez goal

Best Coach/Manager
Geno Auriemma, UConn Huskies
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils
Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes

Best Comeback Athlete
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

Best International Athlete
Novak Djokovic, ATP
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Lydia Ko, LPGA
Lionel Messi, Barcelona/Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portugal

Best NFL Player
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
JJ Watt, Houston Texans

Best MLB Player
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Best NHL Player
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Best Driver
Erica Enders-Stevens, NHRA
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Kevin Harvick, NASCAR
Juan Pablo Montoya, IndyCar
Will Power, IndyCar

Best NBA Player
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
James Harden, Houston Rockets
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best WNBA Player
Skylar Diggins, Tulsa Shock
Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

Best Fighter
Donald Cerrone, MMA
Terence Crawford, Boxing
Gennady Golovkin (GGG), Boxing
Floyd Mayweather Jr, Boxing
Ronda Rousey, MMA

Best Male Golfer
Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth, Men’s Golf
Billy Horschel

Best Female Golfer
Lydia Ko
Stacy Lewis
Inbee Park

Best Male Tennis Player
Marin Cilic
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka

Best Female Tennis Player
Simona Halep
Petra Kvitova
Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams

Best Male College Athlete
Jack Eichel, Boston University Hockey
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin Basketball
Marcus Mariota, Oregon Football
Logan Stieber, Ohio State Wrestling
Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt Baseball

Best Female College Athlete
Taylor Cummings, Maryland Lacrosse
Missy Franklin, Cal Swimming
Lauren Haeger, Florida Softball
Micha Hancock, Penn State Volleyball
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut Basketball

Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Ryan Dungey, Motocross
Tucker Hibbert, SnoCross
Nyjah Huston, Skateboarding
Mark McMorris, Snowboarding
Josh Sheehan, Freestyle Motocross

Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Paige Alms, Surfing
Kelly Clark, Snowboarding
Stephanie Gilmore, Surfing
Laia Sanz, Enduro/motorbike

Best Jockey
Javier Castellano
Victor Espinoza
Joel Rosario

Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Joe Berenyi, Cycling
Josh Pauls, Sled Hockey
Krige Schabort, Triathlon
Mike Shea, Snowboarding
Andy Soule, Nordic Skiing

Best Female Athlete with a Disability
Kendall Gretsch, Triathlon
Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing
Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field
Becca Meyers, Swimming
Greta Neimanas, Cycling

Best Bowler
Jason Belmonte
Parker Bohn III
Mike Fagan

Best MLS Player
Robbie Keane, Los Angeles Galaxy
Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders
Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution
Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

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