Ilgauskas Receives Austin Carr Good Guy Award

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CLEVELAND, OH - April 16th, 2009 - Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas is the recipient of the fourth annual Austin Carr Good Guy Award, presented by the local chapter of the Pro Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).

The award, named after Cavaliers legend Austin Carr, is designed to recognize the Cavaliers player who is cooperative and understanding of the media, the community and the public. Carr, who played nine seasons with the Cavaliers, was the number one pick of the 1971 NBA Draft by Cleveland and was selected by 32 members of the media in Northeast Ohio to the Cavaliers’ All-Time Starting Five during the Cavaliers 30th anniversary season of 1999-2000. He is now the television analyst for FSN Ohio and the team’s Director of Community and Business Development.

Ilgauskas, a first-round draft choice of the Cavs in 1996 who overcame numerous foot injuries to become a two-time All-Star, has spent his entire career with the team. This season the Lithuanian became the team's all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots.

The award, which is presented annually, was voted upon by the local writers in Cleveland’s chapter of the Pro Basketball Writers Association.

Austin Carr Good Guy Award Recipient Winners:
  • 2008-09 -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas
  • 2007-08 – Damon Jones
  • 2006-07 – Drew Gooden
  • 2005-06 – Larry Hughes