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Shane Battier wins NBA Teammate of the Year award

May 24, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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This award has meaning for the players because it is voted on by their peers — NBA players vote on the teammate award.

They chose Miami’s Shane Battier.

He won the second Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award.

The 13-year NBA veteran is a guy Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra called “the ultimate teammate.” Battier plays a shifting role with Miami, but does stays ready, doesn’t complain and helps talk teammates through what he sees and where they can attack and make plays. You’d be hard pressed to find someone better liked in a locker room.

“It is a huge honor. It’s probably one of the biggest honors of my life. It means a lot to me, I’ve tried to be a good teammate my entire life,” Battier said, as reported by the Heat.

It’s a fitting tribute to Battier, in what likely is his last NBA season.

The award is named after Jack Twyman and Maurice Stokes, who were friends and teammates on the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals from 1955 to 1958. At the end of the 1958 season, Stokes suffered an on-court head injury severe enough to send him into a coma for days. He awoke paralyzed and suffer post-traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury that damaged his motor-control center. For the rest of his life Twyman took care of Stokes, cared for him and became his legal guardian.

Battier is only the second winner of this award, the inaugural one went to Chauncey Billups. Players vote for one of a dozen players chosen by a list of retired NBA players.

Here is a breakdown of the voting (with first place votes, total points):

Shane Battier, Miami (67) , 1,322
Al Jefferson, Charlotte (29), 798
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (28), 784
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (40), 754
Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers (36), 753
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio (14), 739
Channing Frye, Phoenix (24), 568
Andre Iguodala, Golden State (19), 552
Jameer Nelson, Orlando (16), 546
Elton Brand, Atlanta (11), 452
David West, Indiana (16), 447
Mike Dunleavy, Chicago (10), 345

  1. turnmymicup - May 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Congrats Battier job well done. He always has a positive attitude and provides great morale. Can’t replace his defensive efforts either.

    • duhwighthoward - May 25, 2014 at 2:27 AM

      actually, LeBron is pretty good at flopping now too.

  2. 00maltliquor - May 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    How many more obscure awards are there left to give out? Serious question, not taking anything away from Battier. This is the 2nd or 3rd award this year that I’ve never heard of.

    • ranfan12 - May 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      what were the others? with the exception of this award, the rest have been active for over a decade i believe

      • 00maltliquor - May 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        I’d have to re-check. It was like one or two others that were so obscure I can’t even remember.

    • jimeejohnson - May 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Not sure who’s thumbin’ you down, Malt, or why. Your comment is right on, as always. Teamate of the Year: obscure’s right! But I thought J.R. Smith would get it. Yeah, right!

      • jimeejohnson - May 24, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Teammate has two “t”s: and they say this site lacks mastery of standard written English.

  3. sportsfan18 - May 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Very cool… 3 of those players listed above are from Duke… solid young men…

    Kobe has said he would have played for Coach K many times had he gone to college.

    LBJ loves him some Coach K too… from his time on the Olympic team.

    • duhwighthoward - May 25, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      Did you just find a way to use a post about Shane Battier to slurp Kobe’s clock?

      • sportsfan18 - May 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        For those that KNOW me on here…

        I do NOT like or care for KoMe or MeHog/MeBrick…

        BOTH are overrated, ballhogging, volume shooters who score a lot because the shoot a lot…

        Vanessa is in line for KoMe’s clock… she moved up to #92 and surprise, #91 in line is YOU…

  4. nawlinsmitty - May 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    The Kobe, Coach K thing is not really true.

  5. rodge1 - May 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Kobe will have a new award created in his name honoring the worst possible teammate.

    • sportsfan18 - May 24, 2014 at 5:59 PM


      competition is stiff for this award though…

      Dwight Coward

      MeHog/MeBrick Anthony

      • ranfan12 - May 24, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Needs to be a LeFlop award lol

  6. nawlinsmitty - May 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    He can’t be the worst possible teammate. He doesn’t think he has or needs a team. It’s only Kobe, all the time.

  7. jaydm84 - May 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Good for Battier. Has to be really meaningful knowing that the award was a vote by your peers and not some writers.

    • jimeejohnson - May 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      He’s certainly a role model for child athletes. It might be an obscure award but it means a lot in this selfish world.

      • duhwighthoward - May 25, 2014 at 2:35 AM

        I’d say he’s a bad model for children. Relative to other players, he’s paid very little. Unless you want your children to be poor, have them focus on max-contract players.

  8. jimeejohnson - May 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Hate on Kobe. Hate on LeBron. Haters are like racists: ignorant losers who can’t accept their own inferiority. I’m no Lakers fan, but I know they don’t even compete for any of those titles they won with him without him. Don’t kid yourselves: ain’t no time to hate.

    • duhwighthoward - May 25, 2014 at 2:38 AM

      Wrong. Had the Lakers had Ray Allen, I’m sure they would have three-peated. Actually, there’s a good chance they would have four-peated, and the team would never have been broken up. Think about the possibilities. Six, seven championships in a decade…

  9. antistratfordian - May 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

  10. ProBasketballPundit - May 24, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Now let’s see if Battier can go down in a blaze of glory, nailing 3’s in huge Finals games.

  11. genericcommenter - May 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I didn’t know about the Stockes-Twyman story. It’s a good way to bring some recognition to them.

  12. mackcarrington - May 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    The story was revised after my comment. Thanks.

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