Monday, April 16, 2012
Mavs player Jason Kidd named finalist in sportsmanship award
DALLAS Dallas Mavericks player Jason Kidd was named a divisional winner for the NBA's 2011-2012 Sportsmanship Award. No Mavericks player has won the award before, though former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson won the award in the 1997-1998 season when he played for the San Antonio Spurs.
The other finalists this year are Antawn Jamison (Cleveland Cavaliers), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Shane Battier (Miami Heat), Luke Ridnour (Minnesota Timberwolves), and Jeremy Lin (New York Knicks). The award honors the player who "best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court," according to a press release. A panel of former NBA players picked the finalists; the winner is voted on by NBA players. Each team gets to nominate a player each year.
The winner will be announced after the regular season and will receive the Joe Dumars Trophy, "named after the Hall of Famer and former Detroit Pistons great who played 14 seasons in the NBA and was the recipient of the inaugural NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1996," according to a statement.
Inaugural (1996): Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons
1996-1997: Terrell Brandon, Cleveland Cavaliers
1997-1998: Avery Johnson, San Antonio Spurs
1998-1999: Hersey Hawkins, Seattle SuperSonics
1999-2000: Eric Snow, Philadelphia 76ers
2000-2001: David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
2001-2002: Steve Smith, San Antonio Spurs
2002-2003: Ray Allen, Seattle SuperSonics
2003-2004: P.J. Brown, New Orleans Hornets
2004-2005: Grant Hill, Orlando Magic
2005-2006: Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers
2006-2007: Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls
2007-2008: Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns
2008-2009: Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets
2009-2010: Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns
2010-2011: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
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