Chicago’s Deng Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award
Bulls GM John Paxson presented Deng with the award following Thursday's practice at the Berto Center.
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NEW YORK, May 3, 2007 – Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2006.07 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.
Originally presented following the 1995.96 season, the Sportsmanship Award honors a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. The trophy is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award’s first recipient.
Deng, also a Central Division nominee for the 2005.06 season, was one of six divisional winners, including Atlanta’s Joe Johnson (Southeast), Houston’s Shane Battier (Southwest), the Los Angeles Clippers’ Elton Brand (Pacific), Toronto’s Anthony Parker (Atlantic) and Utah’s Derek Fisher (Northwest). Brand won the award in 2005.06.
The NBA will donate $25,000 on behalf of Luol Deng to Pacific Garden Mission, which is the oldest continuously-operating rescue mission in the country. The NBA will donate another $10,000 each to the divisional winners’ charities of choice: Toronto Raptors Foundation on behalf of Parker; Boys and Girls Club in Little Rock, Ark. on behalf of Johnson; Boys and Girls Club of Houston on behalf of Shane Battier; Fisher Fellows of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and C.A.M.P. Inc of Peekskill, N.Y. on Brand’s behalf.
For the third 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 this award, then former NBA stars Mike Bantom, Eddie Johnson, Tom "Satch" Sanders, Kenny Smith and the 2000.01 Sportsmanship Award recipient Steve Smith, selected the six divisional winners from a pool of 30 team nominees.
Attached is a list of this year’s voting totals and all-time winners of the NBA Sportsmanship Award:
2006-07 NBA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD VOTING TOTALS
|Luol Deng, Chicago||52||69||48||62||53||29||2027|
|Shane Battier, Houston||65||58||59||38||36||57||2005|
|Derek Fisher, Utah||58||55||51||55||47||47||1953|
|Elton Brand, L.A. Clippers||50||49||66||57||53||38||1935|
|Joe Johnson, Atlanta||47||45||43||52||64||62||1737|
|Anthony Parker, Toronto||41||37||46||49||60||80||1611|
ALL-TIME NBA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
|Inaugural:||Joe Dumars (1996)||2001.02:||Steve Smith, San Antonio|
|1996.97:||Terrell Brandon, Cleveland||2002.03:||Ray Allen, Seattle|
|1997.98:||Avery Johnson, San Antonio||2003.04:||P.J. Brown, New Orleans|
|1998.99:||Hersey Hawkins, Seattle||2004.05:||Grant Hill, Orlando|
|1999.2000:||Eric Snow, Philadelphia||2005.06:||Elton Brand, L.A. Clippers|
|2000.01:||David Robinson, San Antonio||2006.07:||Luol Deng, Chicago|