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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 and Mike Conley have won the award three times; the most in NBA history.[3][4] Kemba Walker and Jason Kidd have won it multiple times, having won it twice.[5][6][7]

WinnersEdit

 
Mike Conley, a three-time holder of the NBA Sportsmanship Award and one of the few multiple time winners
 
Grant Hill, three-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winner.
 
Luol Deng, the only foreign NBA player to win the award
 
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 [8]
1997–98 Avery Johnson Guard   United States San Antonio Spurs [9]
1998–99 Hersey Hawkins Guard   United States Seattle SuperSonics [10]
1999–00 Eric Snow Guard   United States Philadelphia 76ers [11]
2000–01 David Robinson* Center   United States San Antonio Spurs [12]
2001–02 Steve Smith Guard   United States San Antonio Spurs [13]
2002–03 Ray Allen* Guard   United States Seattle SuperSonics [14]
2003–04 P. J. Brown Center/Forward   United States New Orleans Hornets [15]
2004–05 Grant Hill* Forward   United States Orlando Magic [3]
2005–06 Elton Brand Forward   United States Los Angeles Clippers [16]
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 [18]
2009–10 Grant Hill* (3) Forward   United States Phoenix Suns [3]
2010–11 Stephen Curry^ Guard   United States Golden State Warriors [19]
2011–12 Jason Kidd* Guard   United States Dallas Mavericks [20]
2012–13 Jason Kidd* (2) Guard   United States New York Knicks [5]
2013–14 Mike Conley^ Guard   United States Memphis Grizzlies [21]
2014–15 Kyle Korver^ Guard/Forward   United States Atlanta Hawks [22]
2015–16 Mike Conley^ (2) Guard   United States Memphis Grizzlies [23]
2016–17 Kemba Walker^ Guard   United States Charlotte Hornets [24]
2017–18 Kemba Walker^ (2) Guard   United States Charlotte Hornets [7]
2018–19 Mike Conley^ (3) Guard   United States Memphis Grizzlies [25]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Chicago's Deng Wins 2006-07 NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2007. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Divisional Winners Announced for NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on March 17, 2009. 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. ^ "Utah Jazz Acquire Guard Mike Conley Jr". Utah Jazz. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "New York's Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsman Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 30, 2013. Archived from the original on December 4, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Grizzlies' Conley wins 2015-16 NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Rochinski, Matt (June 25, 2018). "Walker Wins Second Consecutive NBA Sportsmanship Award". Hornets.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Terrell Brandon Bio: 1996-97". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  9. ^ "Avery Johnson Bio: 1997-98". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on 2006-04-27. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  10. ^ "Hersey Hawkins Bio: 1998-99". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  11. ^ "Eric Snow Bio: Personal". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  12. ^ "Admiral Lands Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 7, 2001. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  13. ^ "Spurs' Steve Smith Wins Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 12, 2002. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  14. ^ "Allen's message: Be true to yourself". ESPN.com. May 13, 2003. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  15. ^ "Hornets' Brown Wins Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 24, 2004. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  16. ^ "L.A. Clippers' Elton Brand Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 1, 2006. Archived from the original on July 10, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  17. ^ "NBA star Deng ready for GB debut". BBC. October 18, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ "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.
  21. ^ "Grizzlies' Mike Conley wins NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 24, 2014. Archived from the original on April 25, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  22. ^ "Kyle Korver Wins 2014-15 NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 29, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  23. ^ "Grizzlies' Conley wins 2015-16 NBA Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  24. ^ "NBA Awards 2017". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  25. ^ "Mike Conley Wins 2019 Teammate of the Year Award as well as the Sportsmanship Award". NBA.com. June 24, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2019.

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