Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has reported that Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups is the winner of the newly announced Twyman-Stokes teammate of the Year award.
Clippers guard Chauncey Billups is the first winner of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, Y! Sports has learned.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 9, 2013
Here’s a description and breakdown of the Teammate of the Year award by NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner:
That’s why the NBA chose to honor them with an annual award to recognize the league’s “ideal teammate.” The announcement and presentation of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award will be made before Game 2 of the 2013 Finals Sunday evening at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The winner was chosen from a vote of NBA players. Ballots featured 12 nominees, six from each conference selected by a panel of NBA Legends according to selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players and his commitment and dedication to his team.
Finalists for the inaugural Twyman/Stokes Award 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).
A point system was used — 10 points for a first-place vote, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth. Players were not allowed to vote for a player on their own team.
Since his arrival on the team, Billups has been pegged the locker room leader and on-the-court coach at times. Even during his rehab for the torn achilles injury he suffered in 2012, Chauncey still had a commanding presence on this team.
Billups will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.