Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups became the first-ever recipient of the NBA's Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award.
Billups received the award in a ceremony before Game 2 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Sunday.
The five-time All-Star and 2004 NBA Finals MVP revealed his delight at winning the award.
"I pride myself in being a good human being and a good teammate, and obviously this is a Teammate of the Year Award, but I think more importantly, it's about just being a good person," he said after collecting the award.
NBA players voted the 16-year veteran as the first winner of the award which 'recognises the NBA player deemed the best teammate based on 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.'
Billups was one of 12 finalists selected by a panel of NBA legends and presented to NBA players for voting. Every voter could cast a ballot for five players. First-place votes worth 10 points, second-place votes worth seven points, third-place votes worth five points, fourth-place votes worth three points and fifth-place votes worth one point.
Billups received 1,543 points including 64 first-place votes. Miami Heat forward Shane Battier earned more first-place votes with 79 but finished with a lower overall point total.
The award names comes from the names of NBA legends Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes who played together on the Rochester and Cincinnati Royals in the 1950s and whose bond as teammates extended more than just on the court.
The NBA will make a $25,000 donation to the charity of Billups' choice in recognition of the honour.
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