Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard voted Teammate of the Year

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard won the 2020-21 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award on Thursday.

Presented annually since 2012-13 and voted on by the players, the award “recognizes the 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 commitment and dedication to (the) team,” according to a league news release.

One of 12 nominees selected by a panel of league executives, Lillard received 40 of 303 first-place votes to finish with 1,012 total points. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (47 first-place votes, 1,001 points) was a close second and Miami Heat center Udonis Haslem (35 and 893) finished third.

Lillard, 30, averaged 28.8 points, 7.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 67 starts in 2020-21, the six-time All-Star’s ninth season in the NBA.

The award is named for Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes, teammates with the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals from 1955-58. Stokes was injured on the last day of the 1957-58 season, went into a coma days later and was ultimately paralyzed. Twyman became his legal guardian and advocate and supported Stokes until his death in 1970. Both men are enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The previous winners of the award are Jrue Holiday, Mike Conley, Jamal Crawford, Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, Tim Duncan, Shane Battier and Chauncey Billups.

–Field Level Media