HEAT'S Battier Selected as Twyman-Stokes NBA Teammate of the Year

Shane Battier
Photo Credit: Kent Smith

MIAMI, May 24 – The NBA announced today that HEAT forward Shane Battier has been selected as the 2013-14 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year. The award is voted annually by NBA players after a panel of NBA legends nominate six players from each conference that recognize the best teammate based on selfless play, on and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and his commitment and dedication to his team. Battier becomes the second winner of the award after Chauncey Billups was awarded the honor in its inaugural year during the 2012-13 season. As part of its support for the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, the NBA will make a $25,000 donation to The Battier Take Charge Foundation.

Battier totaled 1,322 total points, including 67 first place votes, as ten points were awarded for a first place vote, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth. Players were not allowed to vote for a player on their own team. Other finalists included Al Jefferson (798 points), Dirk Nowitzki (784 points), Chris Paul (754 points), Pau Gasol (753 points), Manu Ginobili (739 points), Channing Frye (568 points), Andre Iguodala (552 points), Jameer Nelson (546 points), Elton Brand (452 points), David West (447 points) and Mike Dunleavy (345 points).

Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes, whose storied friendship transcended their on-court Hall of Fame accomplishments, are permanently honored with an annual NBA award in their names that recognizes the ideal teammate. Twyman and Stokes were friends and teammates on the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals from 1955 to 1958. In the last game of the 1957-58 regular season, Stokes suffered an on-court injury that led to him falling into a coma days later, leaving him permanently paralyzed. Diagnosed with post-traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury that damaged his motor-control center, Stokes was supported for the rest of his life by Twyman, who became his legal guardian and advocate.