Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award

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The Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award that recognizes the league’s “ideal teammate” who exemplifies "selfless play and commitment and dedication to his team."[1] The award is named after Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes. The two played together on the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals from 1955 to 1958 until Stokes' career was cut short after he suffered a head injury from a fall during a game against the Minneapolis Lakers. Stokes would later become paralyzed due to post-traumatic encephalopathy; a brain injury that damages the motor-control center. Twyman then became Stokes' legal guardian and advocate until Stokes died in 1970.

Every year, 12 players, six from each conference, are selected by a panel of NBA legends as nominees.[1] NBA players then cast votes for the award, with ten points given for each first-place vote, seven for a second-place vote, five points for third, three points for fourth, and one point for each fifth-place vote received. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. The winner of this award is presented with the Twyman–Stokes Trophy. As a part of the award, the NBA also makes a $25,000 donation to charity of the recipient's choice.[1][2]

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups was the inaugural winner of the award in 2013.[2] That year, Miami Heat forward Shane Battier finished second and New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd placed third.

Shane Battier would then win the award for the 2013–14 NBA season.[3] Al Jefferson came in second and Dirk Nowitzki finished third.

The twelve finalists for the 2014–15 NBA season were Tim Duncan, Al Jefferson, Pau Gasol, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Vince Carter, Caron Butler, Steve Blake, Jameer Nelson, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, and Ryan Anderson. However, as of June 29, 2015, no one was announced as the winner of the award, which has led to the possibility of the award being defunct from being awarded to the league's best teammate after only two seasons.

Winners[edit]

The Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year trophy
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the award
Season Player Position Nationality Team References
2012–13 Billups, ChaunceyChauncey Billups Guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers [2]
2013–14 Battier, ShaneShane Battier Forward  United States Miami Heat [3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Aschburner, Steve (June 9, 2013). "NBA To Unveil Twyman–Stokes Teammate Of Year Award, Announce Winner Sunday". Hang Time Blog. NBA.com (Turner Sports Interactive, Inc.). Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Billups Is Inaugural Winner Of Twyman/Stokes Teammate Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Heat's Shane Battier voted as NBA's top teammate". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 24, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 

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