J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
The J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since 1975 to a player, coach, or staff member who shows "outstanding service and dedication to the community." The award is named in honor of James Walter Kennedy, the second commissioner (then president)[a] of the NBA. The winner is selected by the Pro Basketball Writers Association (PBWA). The PBWA represents writers for newspapers, magazines and internet services who cover the NBA on a regular basis. Members of the PBWA nominate players for the award, and then a vote is taken by approximately 150 PBWA members. The person with the highest point total wins the award. The award is usually given to a person who made a substantial charitable contribution. For instance, Kevin Garnett received the award in 2006 after donating $1.2 million toward the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 34 different people. Only one season had joint winners—Michael Cooper and Rory Sparrow in the 1985–86 season. Vlade Divac of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Dikembe Mutombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pau Gasol of Spain, Canadians Steve Nash (born in South Africa), Samuel Dalembert (born in Haiti), and Luol Deng of the United Kingdom (born in South Sudan) are the only winners who were not born in the United States. J. J. Barea, the 2018 winner, was born in Puerto Rico, a territory whose native-born residents are U.S. citizens by birth. Mutombo is also the only player to win the award twice. Frank Layden and Joe O'Toole were the only non-players to win the award. Layden, the 1983–84 award recipient, was the head coach for the Utah Jazz, while O'Toole, the 1994–95 award recipient, was the athletic trainer for the Atlanta Hawks. In 2017-18 season the award was given to Puerto Rican Player JJ Barea of the Dallas Mavericks.
|^||Denotes player who is still active in the NBA|
|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has received the award|
|1974–75||Wes Unseld*||United States||Washington Bullets|
|1975–76||Slick Watts||United States||Seattle SuperSonics|
|1976–77||Dave Bing*||United States||Washington Bullets|
|1977–78||Bob Lanier*||United States||Detroit Pistons|
|1978–79||Calvin Murphy*||United States||Houston Rockets|
|1979–80||Austin Carr||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|1980–81||Mike Glenn||United States||New York Knicks|
|1981–82||Kent Benson||United States||Detroit Pistons|
|1982–83||Julius Erving*||United States||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1983–84||Frank Layden||United States||Utah Jazz|
|1984–85||Dan Issel*||United States||Denver Nuggets|
|1985–86[b]||Michael Cooper||United States||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1985–86[b]||Rory Sparrow||United States||New York Knicks|
|1986–87||Isiah Thomas*||United States||Detroit Pistons|
|1987–88||Alex English*||United States||Denver Nuggets|
|1988–89||Thurl Bailey||United States||Utah Jazz|
|1989–90||Doc Rivers||United States||Atlanta Hawks|
|1990–91||Kevin Johnson||United States||Phoenix Suns|
|1991–92||Magic Johnson*||United States||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1992–93||Terry Porter||United States||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1993–94||Joe Dumars*||United States||Detroit Pistons|
|1994–95||Joe O'Toole||United States||Atlanta Hawks|
|1995–96||Chris Dudley||United States||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1996–97||P. J. Brown||United States||Miami Heat|
|1997–98||Steve Smith||United States||Atlanta Hawks|
|1998–99||Brian Grant||United States||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1999–00||Vlade Divac*||Yugoslavia||Sacramento Kings|
|2000–01||Dikembe Mutombo*||Democratic Republic of the Congo||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2001–02||Alonzo Mourning*||United States||Miami Heat|
|2002–03||David Robinson*||United States||San Antonio Spurs|
|2003–04||Reggie Miller*||United States||Indiana Pacers|
|2004–05||Eric Snow||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2005–06||Kevin Garnett||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2006–07||Steve Nash*||Canada||Phoenix Suns|
|2007–08||Chauncey Billups||United States||Detroit Pistons|
|2008–09||Dikembe Mutombo* (2)||Democratic Republic of the Congo||Houston Rockets|
|2009–10||Samuel Dalembert||Canada||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2010–11||Ron Artest[c]||United States||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2011–12||Pau Gasol^||Spain||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2012–13||Kenneth Faried^||United States||Denver Nuggets|
|2013–14||Luol Deng^||United Kingdom||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2014–15||Joakim Noah^||France||Chicago Bulls|
|2015–16||Wayne Ellington^||United States||Brooklyn Nets|
|2016–17||LeBron James^||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2017–18||J.J. Barea^||Puerto Rico||Dallas Mavericks|
|2018–19||Damian Lillard^||United States||Portland Trail Blazers|
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- "Pistons G Chauncey Billups wins sportsmanship award". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
- Mike Monroe. "The Commissioners". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
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- "Garnett wins Kennedy Citizenship Award". USA Today. Associated Press. October 31, 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
- "Mutombo wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 23, 2009. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- "Frank Layden Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
- "Smith receives NBA's award for community service". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. April 29, 1998. Retrieved July 22, 2008.
- "Artest's Name Change to Metta World Peace Approved". The New York Times. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.