NEW YORK – Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.
A 15-year veteran, Hill (Pacific) was one of six divisional winners, which included Atlanta’s Al Horford (Southeast), Boston’s Ray Allen (Atlantic), Cleveland’s Antawn Jamison (Central), Denver’s Chauncey Billups (Northwest) and Houston’s Luis Scola (Southwest).
Hill received 96 first-place votes (2,485 total points) of a possible 315. Hill becomes the first three-time winner in the award’s history (2004-05, 2007-08, 2009-10).
For the sixth 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 the award. Former NBA players Mike Bantom, Mark Jackson, Tom "Satch" Sanders, Kenny Smith and Eric Snow then selected the six divisional winners.
The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Hill to the WellCare Foundation.
The NBA will also make a $5,000 donation to each of the divisional winner’s charities of choice: The Ferst Foundation on behalf of Horford; Ray of Hope Foundation on behalf of Allen; Hammer and Nails and Cleveland Police Athletic League on behalf of Jamison; Porter-Billups Leadership Academy on behalf of Billups; Manu Ginobili Foundation on behalf of Scola;
The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- in amateur and professional basketball, a key focus of the league’s NBA Cares program efforts. The trophy is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award’s first recipient.
Following is a list of this year’s voting totals and all-time winners of the NBA Sportsmanship Award:
|2009-10 NBA SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD VOTING TOTALS|
|Grant Hill, Phoenix||96||88||47||45||22||17||2485|
|Chauncey Billups, Denver||79||48||64||53||35||36||2155|
|Ray Allen, Boston||48||72||63||37||43||52||1983|
|Antawn Jamison, Cleveland||45||43||67||72||53||35||1905|
|Al Horford, Atlanta||13||37||49||68||90||58||1487|
|Luis Scola, Houston||34||27||25||40||72||117||1325|