NEW YORK – NBA players have selected Portland Trail Blazers goaltender Damian Lillard as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award, the NBA announced today.
Presented annually since the 2012-13 season, the award recognizes the player considered the best teammate based on his selfless play, leadership on and off the field as a mentor and role model for other NBA players, as well as his commitment and dedication to the team.
A panel of league officials selected 12 nominees (six from each conference) for the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. Current NBA players selected the winner from a list of 12 nominees, with more than 300 players submitting their votes through a confidential ballot conducted by the league office.
In addition to Lillard, the nominees were Indiana Pacers goaltender Malcolm Brogdon, Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, Utah Jazz Joe forward. Ingles, Toronto Raptors goaltender Kyle Lowry, Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanović, Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, Phoenix Suns goaltender Chris Paul, New York Knicks goaltender Theo Pinson and Timberwolves center of Minnesota Karl-Anthony Towns.
– Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 3, 2021
Lillard received 40 of 303 first-place votes and earned a total of 1,012 points in the NBA player poll. Paul finished in second place with 1001 points. Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote, and one point for each fifth-place vote.
A nine-year NBA veteran, Lillard has averaged 28.8 points, 7.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 67 games this season. The 6-2 goalie was selected as an NBA All-Star for the fourth consecutive season and the sixth time overall. He helped lead the Trail Blazers to their eighth straight playoff appearance, the longest active streak in the NBA.
Lillard, 30, has played his entire NBA career with the Trail Blazers, who selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. This season, Lillard received the April NBA Cares Community Assist award. presented by Kaiser Permanente for his ongoing efforts to empower Portland’s youth, marking the third time he has won the monthly Community Assist Award. Two years ago, Lillard won the 2018-19 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, administered and selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, for her exceptional service and dedication to the community.
This award is selected by NBA players and rewards the player considered to be the best teammate based on his selfless play, leadership on and off the field as a mentor and role model for other NBA players, as well than for his commitment and dedication to his team. pic.twitter.com/2aQOzu9A92
– Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 3, 2021
The Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award is named in honor of Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes, whose legendary friendship has transcended their Hall of Fame achievements. Twyman and Stokes were teammates with the Rochester / Cincinnati Royals from 1955 to 1958. In the last game of the 1957-58 regular season, Stokes suffered an injury that led him to fall into a coma a few days later and become definitely paralyzed. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury that damaged his motor control center. Stokes was supported for the rest of his life by Twyman, who became his legal guardian and lawyer.
Twyman helped organize the Maurice Stokes Memorial NBA basketball game, which raised money for Stokes ‘medical care and, following Stokes’ death in 1970 at the age of 36, for d ‘other players in need. In 2004, after years of lobbying by Twyman, Stokes was entered into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Twyman, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983, died in 2012.
Below are the total votes for the 2020-2021 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award and the list of all-time winners.
VOTING RESULTS: TWYMAN-STOKES TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020-2021
|Player (Team)||1st Place votes||2sd Place votes||3rd Place votes||4e Place votes||5e Place votes||Total points|
|(10 points)||(7 points)||(5 points)||(3 points)||(1 point)|
|Damien Lillard (Portland)||40||32||47||37||42||1,012|
|Chris Paul (Phoenix)||47||32||48||19||ten||1001|
|Udonis Haslem (Miami)||35||39||30||32||24||893|
|Kyle Lowry (Toronto)||30||37||35||32||26||856|
|Boban Marjanović (Dallas)||30||34||21||23||34||746|
|Tobias Harris (Philadelphia)||19||22||25||29||40||596|
|Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana)||25||15||16||21||34||532|
|Théo Pinson (New York)||22||18||21||17||20||522|
|Paul Millsap (Denver)||28||ten||11||22||23||494|
|Joe Ingles (Utah)||8||19||27||38||12||474|
|Joe Harris (Brooklyn)||12||26||17||20||19||466|
|Towns of Karl-Anthony, Minnesota||7||19||5||13||19||286|
TWYMAN-STOKES TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
- 2012-13 – Chauncey Billups, LA Clippers
- 2013-14 – Shane Battier, Miami
- 2014-15 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
- 2015-16 – Vince Carter, Memphis
- 2016-17 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
- 2017-18 – Jamal Crawford, Minnesota
- 2018-19 – Mike Conley, Memphis
- 2019-20 – Jrue Holiday, New Orleans
- 2020-21 – Damian Lillard, Portland
ABOUT JACK TWYMAN: A native of Pittsburgh and an outstanding college student at the University of Cincinnati, Twyman has won six NBA All-Star Game selections and two All-NBA Second Team honors in 11 seasons, all spent with the Rochester / Cincinnati Royals. Twyman has been second in the scoring race twice, including in 1959-60, when he finished with a career-high 2,338 points and an average of 31.2 points. He retired in 1966 with career averages of 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. After his playing career, he worked as a television analyst on NBA games.
ABOUT MAURICE STOKES: Hailing from Pittsburgh as Twyman, Stokes was one of the first black players to play at the college and pro levels. At 6-7, 250 pounds, he possessed the talent and athleticism to play all positions on the court. He led St. Francis University (Pa.) To the final four of the 1955 national invitational tournament before embarking on his NBA career with the Rochester Royals. Stokes won the 1955-56 NBA Rookie of the Year award and was selected as an All-Star in each of his three NBA seasons before suffering his career-ending injury.