Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Vacation is the winner of the 2020-21 NBA sportsmanship award, the league introduced Friday.
“It means rather a lot,” Vacation mentioned after receiving the Joe Dumars Trophy, which is given to the NBA participant who finest represents the beliefs of sportsmanship on the courtroom. “Simply understanding that it got here from the gamers, the blokes that undergo this with me and put their our bodies on the road, practice within the offseason, it means rather a lot.”
The 30-year-old Vacation, who obtained 130 of 343 first-place votes in balloting of NBA gamers, was one in all six finalists who had been chosen by a panel of league executives after every crew nominated a single participant.
The opposite finalists — one from every division — had been, in ending order, Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (a two-time winner), Miami Warmth middle Bam Adebayo, Sacramento Kings ahead Harrison Barnes, San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie.
“It is laborious to place all of the adjectives into one sentence,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned of Vacation. “He is simply considerate, thoughtful, deep pondering, however performs the sport the instantly and has a toughness and a realness about him that … gamers across the league simply respect the way in which he handles himself. Nice poise. Nice character. He is all about profitable.
“… The man simply makes a distinction, and gamers across the league acknowledge that and recognize that and have honored him. It is particular.”
Vacation, a 12-year veteran, averaged 17.7 factors, 6.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 59 video games this season. He was acquired from New Orleans as a part of a four-team commerce on Nov. 24.
He gained the Twyman-Stokes award because the league’s finest teammate final yr. Portland Path Blazers guard Damian Lillard was on condition that honor for this season Thursday evening.