2023 ESPYS Nominees Include LeBron James, Patrick Mahomes and Mikaela Shiffrin: See the Full List

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The 2023 ESPYS will broadcast live on July 12.

The ESPN Press Room announced on Wednesday the 2023 ESPYS nominees, and the competition looks fierce. Beloved Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James enters the Best Record-Breaking Performance for the first time, following his show-stopping basketball season during which he broke the NBA's all-time scoring record. Soccer star and darling of last year's FIFA World Cup Lionel Messi also received his first-ever nomination for Best Athlete in Men's Sports, joining two-time nominee and Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes. Baseball player Aaron Judge and basketball player Nikola Jokíć round out the rest of the category. 

Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin received her third nomination for Best Athlete in Women's Sports this year, joining newcomers to the category basketball player A'ja Wilson, soccer player Sophia Smith and tennis player Iga Świątek. 

Per the press release, the 2023 ESPYS will also "showcase the achievements of inspiring and courageous athletes who embody the spirit of The ESPYS through three pillar awards -- the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, and The Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by MassMutual. Recipients for all three awards will be announced next week." 

Fan voting is now underway here and all categories will close at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 9. The ceremony will broadcast live on July 12 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on ABC from Los Angeles. 

See the full list of nominees below! 

Best Athlete, Men's Sports 

Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Lionel Messi, Argentina

Best Athlete, Women's Sports

Mikaela Shiffrin, Ski
Sophia Smith, Portland Thorns
Iga Świątek, Tennis
A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces

Best Breakthrough Athlete 

Caitlin Clark, Iowa Women’s Basketball
Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
Angel Reese, LSU Women’s Basketball
Julio Rodríguez, Seattle Mariners

Best Record-Breaking Performance 

Novak Djokovic wins his 23rd Grand Slam title, defeating Casper Ruud in the French Open final. Breaking a tie with rival Rafael Nadal for the most major singles trophies in the history of men’s tennis, which dates to the 1800s
LeBron James surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for NBA career scoring record
Mikaela Shiffrin breaks the record for the most World Cup victories with her 87th win
Max Verstappen wins the Mexican Grand Prix, breaking the record for most wins in a season

Best Championship Performance 

Leon Edwards, UFC - defeats Kamaru Usman by 5th-round KO to win UFC welterweight title, handing Usman his first UFC loss
Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets - 2023 NBA Finals MVP
Lionel Messi, Argentina - 2022 World Cup Final - scored 2 goals and scored in the penalty shootout to win Man of the Match and he won the Golden Ball as FIFA's best player of the tournament
Rose Zhang, LPGA - defeated Jennifer Kupcho in a two-hole sudden death playoff, making history by winning by becoming the first woman in 72 years to win her first professional start.

Best Comeback Athlete 

Jon Jones, UFC - Jones' first fight in the UFC since 2020. He was last seen in action against Dominick Reyes, where he defended his light-heavyweight championship at UFC 247. While Jon Jones was plotting a move to the heavyweight division, he and the UFC president did not see eye-to-eye over fighter pay. Jones felt that he needed to be paid more for a move up to the heavyweight division, which resulted in him delaying his return.
Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets - Murray missed the entirety of last season due to a torn ACL in his left knee. He suffered the injury in a game against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 2021, and didn't play in the 18 months since then.
Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun - 2022 WNBA Comeback Player of the Year. Thomas missed all but six games last season while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. The eight-year veteran has started all 36 of Connecticut’s games in 2022, and was an All- Star earlier this season. She leads the team in assists (6.1), steals (1.7) and minutes played (32.1).
Justin Verlander, Current New York Mets / Houston Astros - 2022 NL Comeback Player of the Year, after being limited to only six innings in 2020 and missing the entire '21 season due to Tommy John surgery, the Astros' ace returned this season to go 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA -- the lowest by any AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA in 2000.

Best Play

Michael Block Hole-in-One! GOLF
Justin Jefferson with the Catch of the Century NFL
Ally Lemos with the perfect corner to tie the National Championship game NCAA
Trinity Thomas Perfect 10 Tying the All-Time NCAA Record NCAA

Best Team

Denver Nuggets, NBA
Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA Football
Kansas City Chiefs, NFL
Las Vegas Aces, WNBA
Louisiana State Tigers, NCAA Women’s Basketball
Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball
Vegas Golden Knights, NHL

Best College Athlete, Men's Sports

Zach Edey, Purdue Men’s Basketball
Duncan McGuire, Creighton Soccer
Brennan O’Neill, Duke Lacrosse
Caleb Williams, USC Football

Best College Athlete, Women's Sports 
Jordy Bahl, Oklahoma Softball
Caitlin Clark, Iowa Women’s Basketball
Izzy Scane, Northwestern Lacrosse
Trinity Thomas, Florida Gators Gymnastics

Best Athlete with a Disability 

Erica McKee, Sled Hockey Team
Zach Miller, Snowboarding
Aaron Pike, Wheelchair Racing & Cross-Country Skiing
Susannah Scaroni, Wheelchair Racing

Best NFL Player

Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Best MLB Player 

Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

Best NHL Player 

Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Golden Knights
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
David Pastrňák, Boston Bruins
Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins

Best NBA Player 

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Best WNBA Player 

Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury
Candace Parker, Chicago Sky (Current Las Vegas Aces)
Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm (Current New York Liberty)
A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces

Best Driver 

Brittany Force, NHRA
Kyle Larson, NASCAR
Josef Newgarden, IndyCar
Max Verstappen, F1

Best UFC Fighter 

Leon Edwards
Jon Jones
Islam Makhachev
Amanda Nunes

Best Boxer 

Gervonta Davis
Devin Haney
Claressa Shields
Shakur Stevenson

Best Soccer Player 

Aitana Bonmatí, Spain/Barcelona
Erling Haaland, Norway/Manchester City
Lionel Messi, Argentina/PSG
Sophia Smith, USWNT/Portland Thorns

Best Golfer

Wyndham Clark
Nelly Korda
Jon Rahm
Scottie Scheffler

Best Tennis Player

Carlos Alcaraz
Novak Djokovic
Aryna Sabalenka
Iga Świątek