The Blazers’ season is saved: Damian Lillard has just been voted teammate of the year. The leader of Portland is ahead of eleven other competitors this year for this trophy rewarding the » best teammate based on his selfless play, his leadership on and off the field as a mentor and role model for other NBA players, and his commitment and dedication to the team« . Wow, just that.
Jrue Holiday had it in 2020, and in 2021, it is therefore a man already on holidays who inherited it. Already a finalist last year, Damian Lillard has just received the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, or the trophy for the best teammate of the year. In addition to the leader of the Blazers, Malcolm Brogdon, Joe Harris, Tobias Harris, Udonis Haslem, Joe Ingles, Kyle Lowry, Boban Marjanović, Paul Millsap, Chris Paul, Theo Pinson and Karl-Anthony Towns were also named, and in the end Damian Lillard received 40 of the 303 first-place votes and scored a total of 1,012 points in the player poll. Note that CP3 finished in second place with 1001 points since, like every year, he rigged all the elections in which he participated. Since its creation in 2013, the TOTY Award has successively distinguished Chauncey Billups, Shane Battier, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Jamal Crawford, Mike Conley, Jrue Holiday and therefore now Dame Time.
For the record, the trophy pays tribute to Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes, then teammates with the Royals (now Kings), from 1955 to 1958. In the last game of the 1957-58 regular season, Stokes fell into a coma from a concussion and had to resolve himself within a few days later to live with… permanent paralysis. Suffering from post-traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury that damaged his motor control center. Maurice Stokes had subsequently been supported throughout the rest of his life by Jack Twyman, who also became his legal guardian and lawyer. A black, a white, at the end of the 50s, in the United States, no need to draw you a drawing to understand the symbol.
– Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 3, 2021
Coming back to Dame Time, it was once again the great architect of the eighth consecutive qualification in the Blazers Playoffs, best current series in the NBA. Author of 28.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists on average in 67 games this season, Lillard is also involved on and off the court since he also won the NBA Cares Community Assist in April, an award that honors players from the Great League who undertake projects to support populations in difficulty. In this case it was the young people of Portland, and a Teammate of the Year Award … at least that was needed for the one who has given body and soul to his franchise for nine years, which is far from being the case. the world at the Blazers (oops).
– Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 4, 2021
Huge congratulations to Damian Lillard for yet another season in boss mode, from any point of view. Unfortunately basketball is a team sport and Lillard therefore endures yet another disappointment in postseason, the one that will not see him exceed the first round of the 2021 Playoffs. Never mind, Lillard loves Portland too much and will certainly go back to coal next year with the Blazers, well we hope, well especially for them.
Text source: NBA.com