Duncan wins 2001-02 IBM Award
Posted Apr 22 2002 12:02PM
Duncan becomes the second Spur to win the award
NEW YORK, April 22 -- Tim Duncan of the Midwest Division champion San Antonio Spurs was named winner of the 2001-02 IBM Award, determined by a computerized rating that measures a player's overall contribution to a team.
Duncan outscored the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, Ben Wallace, 112.92 to 103.75 to win his first-ever IBM Award. The Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett finished third with 101.51 points. The Clippers' Elton Brand (94.67), Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal (90.89), Nets' Jason Kidd (90.10), Celtics' Paul Pierce (89.32), Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (88.85), Magic's Tracy McGrady (87.29) and Sonics' Gary Payton (83.35) rounded out the top ten.
During the 2001-02 season, Duncan notched a league-high 67 double-doubles and became only the fifth player since 1972-73 to rank in the top five in scoring, rebounding and blocks -- joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal.
Duncan also registered two 20-20 games this season with 29 points and 21 rebounds on January 29 vs. Charlotte and 24 points and 21 rebounds on February 12 at Sacramento.
Duncan's top statistical performance of his career came on December 26 vs. Dallas when he recorded a career-high 53 points (19-28 FGA, 15-15 FTA) with 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. During the 2001-02 season, Duncan was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for December, March and April and captured the Western Conference Player of the Week six times.
The IBM Award, created to honor the player who contributes most to his team's overall success, utilizes a computer evaluation of key offensive and defensive statistics to determine an overall leader. The formula is as follows:
Player Pts. -- FGA+REB+AST+STL+BL-PF-TO+(team wins x 10)x250
An NBA partner since 1992, IBM is the Official Worldwide Information Technology Partner of the NBA and the sponsor of the Coach of the Month and the Coach of the Year awards.
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