According to Tim Griffin of Spurs Nation, George Hill finished fourth in balloting for the Joe Dumars Award, the NBA’s sportsmanship award.
Hill earlier was the choice to represent the Southwest Division in the balloting of 347 players.
Golden State guard Stephen Curry won the award, winning a $10,000 donation from the NBA on behalf of Curry to Habitat For Humanity East Bay, which uses volunteers to build affordable homes in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Hill was awarded $5,000 from the league on behalf of George Hill Rising Stars Foundation.
The Spurs have won more NBA Sportsmanship Awards than any other franchise with Avery Johnson (1998), David Robinson (2001) and Steve Smith (2002) among the previous winners. Grant Hill has won the award three times — twice with Phoenix and once with Orlando.
2010-11 NBA Sportsmanship Award voting results
|Stephen Curry, Golden State||88||69||60||54||45||31||2445|
|Luol Deng, Chicago||84||76||52||45||53||37||2393|
|LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland||56||49||66||63||62||51||2071|
|George Hill, San Antonio||42||61||68||61||71||44||2049|
|D.J. Augustin, Charlotte||27||43||66||72||63||76||1771|
|Deron Williams, New Jersey||50||49||35||52||53||108||1763|
This just goes to show how the NBA cares, a great way to give something back to the community.
To all the nominees, congratulations! From Spurs World, you are all winners. It would have been better if Hill won the award, but still, good job George!