Good news everyone!!!!
Mike Conley has been awarded the Joe Dumars Trophy as the amateur or professional basketball player who exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship.
From the team:
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2015-16 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today. Conley, who previously won the award in 2013-14, joins Grant Hill (three) and Jason Kidd (two) as multiple winners since the award’s inception in the 1995-96 season. Conley and General Manager Chris Wallace will be available to the media before Sunday’s game at 10:45 a.m. in the Main Interview Room at FedExForum.
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. The trophy is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award’s first recipient, in 1995-96. Conley will be presented the Joe Dumars Trophy in a pregame presentation on the main court before tomorrow’s Game 4 tip-off at 12 p.m.
"I’m humbled to be recognized by the league again for an award that celebrates more than just winning on the court," said Conley. "This award is more than a trophy – I’m able to celebrate it with my family, who helped instill the values of teamwork, as well as with my coaches, teammates and all of Grizz Nation."
Conley (Southwest) was one of six divisional winners, joining the Toronto Raptors’ Luis Scola (Atlantic), the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol (Central), the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (Northwest), the Golden State Warriors’ Shaun Livingston (Pacific) and 2014-15 winner Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks (Southeast). The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Conley to his charity of choice, Methodist Healthcare Foundation, with the money earmarked for the Methodist Sickle Cell Center.
Here is the final voting for the award:
|Mike Conley, Memphis||58||65||78||51||55||20||2,209|
|Kyle Korver, Atlanta||54||71||63||59||53||27||2,155|
|Pau Gasol, Chicago||62||67||44||57||44||53||2,063|
|Damian Lillard, Portland||69||47||52||60||47||52||2,039|
|Shaun Livingston, Golden State||37||48||53||51||80||58||1,763|
|Luis Scola, Toronto||47||29||37||49||48||117||1,543|
And the previous winners
|1995-96: Joe Dumars, Detroit|
|1996-97: Terrell Brandon, Cleveland|
|1997-98: Avery Johnson, San Antonio|
|1998-99: Hersey Hawkins, Seattle|
|1999-00: Eric Snow, Philadelphia|
|2000-01: David Robinson, San Antonio|
|2001-02: Steve Smith, San Antonio|
|2002-03: Ray Allen, Seattle|
|2003-04: P.J. Brown, New Orleans|
|2004-05: Grant Hill, Orlando|
|2005-06: Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers|
|2006-07: Luol Deng, Chicago|
|2007-08: Grant Hill, Phoenix|
|2008-09: Chauncey Billups, Denver|
|2009-10: Grant Hill, Phoenix|
|2010-11: Stephen Curry, Golden State|
|2011-12: Jason Kidd, Dallas|
|2012-13: Jason Kidd, New York|
|2013-14: Mike Conley, Memphis|
|2014-15: Kyle Korver, Atlanta|
|2015-16: Mike Conley, Memphis|
Congratulations on a cool award for a cool guy and a guy who represents Memphis and the Grizzlies well across the league. If he wins it again they may have to call it the Conley Award.
To read more on Mike's chosen charity or even make a donation, please visit the Sickle Cell Center page for more information.