By Official Release
Posted Apr 5 2010 4:19PM
NEW YORK, April 5, 2010 -- Atlanta's Al Horford, Boston's Ray Allen, Cleveland's Antawn Jamison, Denver's Chauncey Billups, Houston's Luis Scola and Phoenix's Grant Hill were selected by a five-member panel of former players as divisional winners for the 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award.
The NBA Sportsmanship Award, designed to honor a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, is voted on by NBA players. The NBA will announce the winner after the regular season.
The 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner will be presented with the Joe Dumars Trophy, named after the Hall of Famer and former Detroit Pistons great who played 14 seasons in the NBA and was the recipient of the inaugural NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1996. The six-time All-Star was selected in honor of his distinguished and dignified career and for symbolizing the tradition the NBA wants to recognize with this award.
Former NBA players Mike Bantom, Mark Jackson, Tom "Satch" Sanders, Kenny Smith and Eric Snow selected the six divisional winners from a pool of 30 team nominees. Each team nominated one of its players for this award.
The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- in amateur and professional basketball, a key focus of the league's NBA Cares program efforts.
Following is a list of the all-time winners of the NBA Sportsmanship award:
|ALL-TIME NBA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS|
|Bulls vs. Suns|
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|Jan. 30: Daily Zap|
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|Play of the Day: Mike Scott|
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|Bledsoe Comes Up Big|
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|Nightly Notable: LaMarcus Aldridge|
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