NBA Sportsmanship Award

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The NBA Sportsmanship Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to a player who most "exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court with ethical behavior, fair play, and integrity."[1] It is directly analogous to the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, which has been awarded by the NBA's sister league, the WNBA, with neither award demanding excellence of play.

Every year, each of the 30 NBA teams nominates one of its players to compete for this award. From these nominees, one player from each NBA division are selected by a panel as the divisional Sportsmanship Award winners. At the end of the regular season, players in the league cast votes for the award, with eleven points given for each first-place vote, nine for second-place vote, seven points for third, five points for fourth, three points for fifth and one point for each sixth place vote received. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award and presented with the Joe Dumars Trophy; named after the former Detroit Pistons player and the award's inaugural recipient.[1][2]

Grant Hill has won the award three times; the most in NBA history.[3] Kemba Walker, Jason Kidd and Mike Conley are the only other players to have won it multiple times, each having done so twice.[4][5][6]

Winners[edit]

Mike Conley with his arms spread
Mike Conley, a two-time holder of the NBA Sportsmanship Award and one of the few multiple time winners
Grant Hill at a pre-game warm up
Grant Hill, three-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winner.
Luol Deng chasing after a loose ball
Luol Deng, the only foreign NBA player to win the award
Jason Kidd holding the ball
Jason Kidd won the award twice in consecutive years
^ 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
Season Player Position Nationality Team References
1995–96 Joe Dumars* Guard  United States Detroit Pistons [2]
1996–97 Terrell Brandon Guard  United States Cleveland Cavaliers [7]
1997–98 Avery Johnson Guard  United States San Antonio Spurs [8]
1998–99 Hersey Hawkins Guard  United States Seattle SuperSonics [9]
1999–00 Eric Snow Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers [10]
2000–01 David Robinson* Center  United States San Antonio Spurs [11]
2001–02 Steve Smith Guard  United States San Antonio Spurs [12]
2002–03 Ray Allen* Guard  United States Seattle SuperSonics [13]
2003–04 P. J. Brown Center/Forward  United States New Orleans Hornets [14]
2004–05 Grant Hill* Forward  United States Orlando Magic [3]
2005–06 Elton Brand Forward  United States Los Angeles Clippers [15]
2006–07 Luol Deng^ Forward  United Kingdom[a] Chicago Bulls [1]
2007–08 Grant Hill* (2) Forward  United States Phoenix Suns [3]
2008–09 Chauncey Billups Guard  United States Denver Nuggets [17]
2009–10 Grant Hill* (3) Forward  United States Phoenix Suns [3]
2010–11 Stephen Curry^ Guard  United States Golden State Warriors [18]
2011–12 Jason Kidd* Guard  United States Dallas Mavericks [19]
2012–13 Jason Kidd* (2) Guard  United States New York Knicks [4]
2013–14 Mike Conley^ Guard  United States Memphis Grizzlies [20]
2014–15 Kyle Korver^ Guard/Forward  United States Atlanta Hawks [21]
2015–16 Mike Conley^ (2) Guard  United States Memphis Grizzlies [22]
2016–17 Kemba Walker^ Guard  United States Charlotte Hornets [23]
2017–18 Kemba Walker^ (2) Guard  United States Charlotte Hornets [6]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Luol Deng was born in Wau, a city in Sudan (South Sudan since July 9, 2011), but became a naturalized British citizen in 2006.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chicago's Deng Wins 2006-07 NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Divisional Winners Announced for NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d "Hill first-ever three-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winner". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 26, 2010. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "New York's Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsman Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 30, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Grizzlies' Conley wins 2015-16 NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Rochinski, Matt (June 25, 2018). "Walker Wins Second Consecutive NBA Sportsmanship Award". Hornets.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Terrell Brandon Bio: 1996-97". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  8. ^ "Avery Johnson Bio: 1997-98". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 2006-04-27. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  9. ^ "Hersey Hawkins Bio: 1998-99". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  10. ^ "Eric Snow Bio: Personal". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  11. ^ "Admiral Lands Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 7, 2001. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  12. ^ "Spurs' Steve Smith Wins Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 12, 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  13. ^ "Allen's message: Be true to yourself". ESPN.com. May 13, 2003. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  14. ^ "Hornets' Brown Wins Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 24, 2004. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  15. ^ "L.A. Clippers' Elton Brand Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 1, 2006. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  16. ^ "NBA star Deng ready for GB debut". BBC. October 18, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  17. ^ "Nuggets' Billups named Sportsmanship Award winner". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 28, 2009. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  18. ^ "Warriors' Stephen Curry wins NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 5, 2011. Archived from the original on May 8, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  19. ^ "Mavericks' Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2012. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  20. ^ "Grizzlies' Mike Conley wins NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  21. ^ "Kyle Korver Wins 2014-15 NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 29, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  22. ^ "Grizzlies' Conley wins 2015-16 NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  23. ^ "NBA Awards 2017". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017.

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