J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

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The J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award is an award for social commitment that is given annually to a player or coach in the professional basketball league NBA . The trophy is named after the NBA's second commissioner, James Walter Kennedy , who headed the league from 1963 to 1975. The respective winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Awards is chosen by sports journalists. In contrast to the NBA Sportsmanship Award , this award does not recognize exemplary behavior in basketball, but rather a role model outside of actual sport.


The only two-time winner, Dikembe Mutombo, speaking in Senegal.

The approximately 150 members of the Pro Basketball Writers Association (PBWA) are entitled to vote for the nomination of candidates as well as for the actual election . The PBWA is an association of journalists who regularly report on the NBA in newspapers, magazines and online portals. Each election is preceded by a nomination round. In 2011, for example, Marcus Camby , Kyle Korver , Dwight Howard and Ron Artest were selected as possible winners. Ultimately, Artest won the award, which has now officially changed its name to Metta World Peace .

The type of excellent social commitment within the framework of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Awards can be varied: In 2010 , Samuel Dalembert received the award for his commitment to the earthquake victims in his home country Haiti . His successor, Ron Artest, was recognized for raising public awareness of the issue of mental health . Kevin Garnett , then playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves , received the 2006 award for a $ 1.2 million donation to victims of Hurricane Katrina . The money went towards a house building program.

Award winners

Most of the winners of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Awards in the history of the award have the Detroit Pistons with a total of five award winners. Los Angeles Lakers players received the award four times, while Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers players won three times each . The only winner who has received the award twice is the former Center Dikembe Mutombo .

The only award winners not recognized as an active player with the trophy are Frank Layden and Joe O'Toole . Layden won the Utah Jazz Coach , while O'Toole was recognized for coaching the Atlanta Hawks.

Only once, following the 1985–1986 season, were two winners, Michael Cooper and Rory Sparrow , chosen simultaneously.

year winner team
1975 Wes Unseld Washington Bullets
1976 Slick Watts Seattle SuperSonics
1977 Dave Bing Washington Bullets
1978 Bob Lanier Detroit Pistons
1979 Calvin Murphy Houston Rockets
1980 Austin Carr Cleveland Cavaliers
1981 Mike Glenn New York Knicks
1982 Kent Benson Detroit Pistons
1983 Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers
1984 Frank Layden Utah Jazz
1985 Dan Issel Denver nuggets
1986 Michael Cooper / Rory Sparrow Los Angeles Lakers / New York Knicks
1987 Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons
1988 Alex English Denver nuggets
1989 Thurl Bailey Utah Jazz
1990 Doc Rivers Atlanta Hawks
1991 Kevin Johnson Phoenix Suns
1992 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
1993 Terry Porter Portland Trail Blazers
1994 Joe Dumars Detroit Pistons
1995 Joe O'Toole Atlanta Hawks
1996 Chris Dudley Portland Trail Blazers
1997 PJ Brown Miami Heat
1998 Steve Smith Atlanta Hawks
1999 Brian Grant Portland Trail Blazers
2000 Vlade Divac Sacramento Kings
2001 Dikembe Mutombo Philadelphia 76ers
2002 Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat
2003 David Robinson San Antonio Spurs
2004 Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers
2005 Eric Snow Cleveland Cavaliers
2006 Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves
2007 Steve Nash Phoenix Suns
2008 Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons
2009 Dikembe Mutombo (2) Houston Rockets
2010 Samuel Dalembert Philadelphia 76ers
2011 Metta World Peace Los Angeles Lakers
2012 Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers
2013 Kenneth Faried Denver nuggets
2014 Luol Deng Cleveland Cavaliers
2015 Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls
2016 Wayne Ellington Brooklyn Nets
2017 LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
2018 JJ Barea Dallas Mavericks

Web links

Individual evidence

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