By Official release
Posted May 3 2012 11:02AM
NEW YORK -- Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.
Kidd (Southwest) was one of six divisional winners, which included Cleveland's Antawn Jamison (Central), the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (Pacific), Miami's Shane Battier (Southeast), Minnesota's Luke Ridnour (Northwest), and New York's Jeremy Lin (Atlantic).
Kidd received 93 first-place votes (2,501 total points) of a possible 334. The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Kidd to The Jason Kidd Foundation, which is dedicated to improving education among the youth, by ensuring that kids of all ages have the tools needed through mentoring, tutoring and technology programs to succeed in life.
For the eighth consecutive year, NBA players voted on this award, with eleven points given for each first-place vote, nine points for each second-place vote, seven points for third, five points for fourth, three points for fifth and one point for each sixth-place vote received. Each team nominated one of its players for the award. Former NBA players Greg Anthony, John Crotty, Antonio Davis, Eddie Johnson and Kenny Smith selected the six divisional winners from a pool of 30 team nominees.
The NBA will make a $5,000 donation to each of the divisional winner's charities of choice: the Battier Take Charge Foundation on behalf of Battier; KaBOOM! on behalf of Jamison; the Jeremy Lin Foundation on behalf of Lin; the CP3 Foundation on behalf of Paul; and the Blaine (Wash.) Boys and Girls Club on behalf of Ridnour.
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. The trophy is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award's first recipient.
Following is a list of this year's voting totals for 2011-12 the NBA Sportsmanship Award. The balloting was tabulated by independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
|2011-12 NBA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD VOTING TOTALS|
Following is the all-time list of winners:
|ALL-TIME NBA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS|
|Nightly Notable - Stephen Curry|
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|Play of the Day - Stephen Curry|
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|Stephen Curry On Court Interview|
Doris Burke speaks to Stephen Curry on court following the Warriors Game 3 victory.
|Steal of the Night - Corey Brewer|
Corey Brewer jumps the passing lane for the steal and takes it in for the slam.
|Dunk of the Night - Dwight Howard|
Dwight Howard flies between two defenders for the dunk of the night.