Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award
The Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award is an award given annually by the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 2013 for selfless play, exemplary behavior as a mentor on and off the Playing field, as well as commitment and dedication to the team.
A panel of deserving NBA legends initially nominates twelve players, six each from the Eastern and Western Conference , and all eligible NBA players then award ten, seven, five, three and one point to five nominees who are not part of their own team.
The winner will be honored with a Marc Mellon-created sculpture depicting Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes at the annual NBA awards ceremony and will be allowed to designate a charitable cause to which the NBA will send a $ 25,000 transfer.
The winner of the first award in 2013 was Chauncey Billups .
Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes both came from Pittsburgh, studied at the same time (at different universities) and were in 1955 by the Rochester Royals , the 1957 are moved to Cincinnati and now the Sacramento Kings in the 1955 NBA draft selected. Both have been voted into the All-NBA Team and All-Star several times . Stokes also set a rebound season record in 1957 and was named Rookie of the Year 1956 . Twyman and Stokes were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as players with the 1983 and 2004 classes .
Stokes hit his head on the floor in the last regular season game on March 12, 1958 and passed out. After his revival, he finished the game as the top scorer. On the return flight from a play-off game against the Detroit Pistons three days later, his condition worsened, he fell temporarily into a coma and was completely paralyzed due to encephalopathy . Stokes was later able to communicate and move within limits by blinking his eyes.
Because there was no OSH in the NBA at the time, Jack Twyman organized charity basketball games with celebrity players to pay for Stokes' medical expenses. These annual games were later replaced by golf tournaments for professionals and amateurs. Twyman was also the legal guardian of Stokes and visited him regularly in the hospital until his death in 1970.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player
- Active player
|2012/13||Chauncey Billups||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2013/14||Shane Battier||Miami Heat|
|2014/15||Tim Duncan||San Antonio Spurs|
|2015/16||Vince Carter||Memphis grizzlies|
|2016/17||Dirk Nowitzki||Dallas Mavericks|
|2017/18||Jamal Crawford||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2018/19||Mike Conley, Jr.||Memphis grizzlies|
- Steve Aschburner: NBA to Unveil Twyman-Stokes Teammate of Year Award, Announce Winner Sunday. From: Hang Time Blog on: NBA website; New York, June 9, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Royce Young: Billups wins inaugural Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award. Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups won the inaugural Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award. On: CBS website; San Francisco, CA, June 9, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2018 (in English).
- Bob Carter: Stokes' life a tale of tragedy and friendship. On: ESPN website; Burbank, CA, undated. Retrieved August 25, 2018 (in English).
- Jack Twyman in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . On: Hoophall website; Springfield, MA, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2018 (in English).
- Maurice Stokes in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . On: Hoophall website; Springfield, MA, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2018 (in English).