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Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

Feb 8, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills (8) controls the ball against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills was named the 2021-22 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner on Friday.

The 33-year-old veteran will take home the Joe Dumars Trophy after earning 58 first-place votes and 1,975 total points in balloting of fellow NBA players.

Denver’s Jeff Green (60 first-place votes, 1,841 points) was the runner-up in the voting. Miami’s Bam Adebayo (38 and 1,776) finished third.

Each NBA team nominated one of its players. From that 30-man list, a panel of league executives selected one finalist from each of the NBA’s six divisions. Current NBA players selected the winner from the list of six finalists, with nearly 300 players submitting their votes through confidential balloting conducted by the league office.

Mills is the first Nets player to win the award since its inception. Dumars, the Hall of Fame guard for the Detroit Pistons, was the inaugural recipient in 1995-96.

Mills averaged 11.4 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 81 games (48 starts) in his first season with Brooklyn.

The Australia native owns career averages of 9.2 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 boards in 820 games (105 starts) with the Portland Trail Blazers (2009-11), San Antonio Spurs (2011-21) and Nets. He won an NBA championship with San Antonio in 2013-14.

–Field Level Media