The major NBA awards have already been announced–the MVP, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Those awards garner the headlines. You don’t even have to follow the NBA religiously to know who won them.
One award that doesn’t garner the headlines is the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. The mission of the award is to honor the “ideal teammate.” NBA players voted on ballots that consisted of 12 players, six from each conference. NBA Legends crafted the ballots.
Per NBA.com, the finalists were:
Jerry Stackhouse (Brooklyn Nets), Luke Walton (Cleveland Cavaliers), Andre Iguodala (Denver Nuggets), Jarrett Jack (Golden State Warriors), Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers), Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers), Shane Battier (Miami Heat), Roger Mason, Jr. (New Orleans Hornets), Jason Kidd (New York Knicks), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), and Emeka Okafor (Washington Wizards).
Chauncey Billups was deemed the winner on Sunday night prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
But as you can see, Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack was among the 12 finalists. Jack certainly isn’t afraid to show his emotions on the court, and that translates into a positive vibe that his teammates feed off of.
This is what Jack had to say about the Warriors (via Contra Costa Times):
Usually before I would do any media, I would make sure I was dressed a certain way. I brought one of my best suits. But looking down at this jersey, it’s just a sense of pride I don’t think I’ve ever felt as a professional. … Nothing in my closet is better than what I have on now
That pretty much sums it up. With free agency looming, the Warriors might not be able to retain Jack, but his leadership will be felt wherever he lands. The fact that he was a finalists for Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award further confirms that sentiment.