NBA players have selected Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard as the recipient of the 2020-21 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.
The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team.
A panel of league executives selected 12 nominees (six from each conference) for the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.
Current NBA players selected the winner from the list of 12 nominees, with more than 300 players submitting their votes through confidential balloting conducted by the league office.
Lillard received 40 of 303 first-place votes and earned 1,012 total points in the balloting.
The other nominees included Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanović, Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, New York Knicks guard Theo Pinson and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.
Lillard, 30, becomes the ninth player to win the award in league history, joining Chauncey Billups (2013), Shane Battier (2014), Tim Duncan (2015), Vince Carter (2016), Dirk Nowitzki (2017), Jamal Crawford (2018), Mike Conley Jr. (2019) and Jrue Holiday (2020).
The full voting results:
This season, Lillard averaged 28.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game and his Trail Blazers are currently down 3-2 to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference first-round.