of the Seattle SuperSonics is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2007-08 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced today.
Durant received 90 first-place votes (545 points) from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Atlanta’s Al Horford finished second with 390 points and Houston’s Luis Scola finished third with 146 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
-- Byron Scott
of the New Orleans Hornets is the recipient
of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced today. The award is named after legendary coach and Hall of Famer Red Auerbach, who guided the Celtics to nine NBA Championships. In 1996, as the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary, Auerbach was honored as one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History.
In his fourth season as the Hornets’ head coach, Scott received 458 points, including 70 first-place votes, from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
-- Hedo Turkoglu
of the Orlando Magic is the winner
of the 2007-08 NBA Most Improved Player Award presented by Kia Motors, the NBA announced today. The annual award is presented to a player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons.
Turkoglu received a total of 380 points, including 61 first-place votes, from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
-- Grant Hill
of the Phoenix Suns is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2007-08 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.
Hill, a 12-year veteran and the recipient of the 2004-05 Sportsmanship Award, was one of six divisional winners which included Detroit's Antonio McDyess, Houston's Shane Battier, Portland's Brandon Roy, Toronto's Chris Bosh and Washington's Antawn Jamison. This marks the first time that a player has received the award more than once.
-- The NBA announced today
that Kevin Garnett
of the Boston Celtics is the recipient of the 2007-08 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by Kia Motors. The 6-11 forward led the Celtics in rebounds with a 9.2 average (7.3 defensive rpg), to go along with 18.8 points, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 steals. He recorded a team season-high seven blocks against Chicago on Dec. 12.
-- Manu Ginobili
of the San Antonio Spurs is the winner of the NBA Sixth Man Award
presented by Kia Motors as the league's best player in a reserve role for the 2007-08 season.
Ginobili led the Spurs in scoring with a career-high average of 19.5 points to go along with 4.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.47 steals. He increased his scoring nearly 6.0 points over his career average entering this season (13.7 ppg). He is also the only player in the NBA to average at least 17 points in under 32.0 minutes per game.
-- Detroit's Antonio McDyess, Houston's Shane Battier, Phoenix's Grant Hill, Portland's Brandon Roy, Toronto's Chris Bosh and Washington's Antawn Jamison have been selected
by a five-member panel of former players as divisional winners for the 2007-08 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 winner will be announced after the regular season.