It’s not the award that arouses the most hype, but it’s still a nice little trophy to display in your cupboard: the NBA Sportsmanship Award, in other words the sportsmanship trophy, in other words the one that rewards the fairest player. -play of the Great League. This year, it ends up in the hands of Jrue Holiday.
We all know Jrue Holiday is a damn good basketball player. If he continues to be underestimated, the real ones know that we are talking about one of the craziest defenders in the entire NBA and an ultra solid point guard who would make any franchise happy. If the Bucks swept the Heat 4-0 in the first round of the Playoffs after losing 4-1 in the bubble in 2020, it is in particular because basketball is immediately easier with Jrue leading instead of Eric Bledsoe. But in addition to ensuring on the ground, he also does it with great class and great dignity. The NBA wanted to reward this package by offering him the title of the most fair player in the League, the player who most embodies the values of sport on the US courts. A great reward for Jrue Vacances, who was part of a group of 30 nominees in total, one per franchise. Among the six finalists (one for each division), chosen by a panel of NBA leaders, were Bam Adebayo (Heat), Harrison Barnes (Kings), Josh Okogie (Timberwolves), Kemba Walker (Celtics), Derrick White (Spurs) and therefore Jrue Holiday, finally elected by his peers. The leader of the Bucks succeeds Vince Carter, winner in 2020, and Mike Conley, rewarded in 2019.
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Clearly, Jrue Holiday is a good guy. Not only is fair play, he is also the kind of teammate who is particularly appreciated in the dressing room. No coincidence that he had won the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award in 2020, an award that ended up in the hands of Damian Lillard this year. And on top of all that, Jrue is still there to help the community in these times of COVID, he who has notably provided support to businesses and businesses in Milwaukee in need following the health crisis. Here again, his efforts have been recognized by the Great League since he received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of January 2021. That makes him rewards, and even if he feels forgotten in the race for the Best Defender of the Year, his exemplary behavior is well recognized.
Fairest player, best teammate, involved in the community and pure basketball player, Jrue Holiday is a role model to follow. Now, his next mission is to help the Bucks go all the way to the Playoffs and if he succeeds, the circle will definitely come full circle.
Text source: NBA.com