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The National Basketball Association's Sportsmanship Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1995–96 NBA season, to the player who most "exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court—ethical behavior, fair play and integrity". This award is nearly comparable to the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), although unlike the NHL counterpart, it does not demand excellence of play.

Every year, each of the 30 NBA teams nominates one of its players to compete for this award. From these 30 nominees, six players, one from each NBA division, are selected by a panel as the divisional Sportsmanship Award winners. Finally at the end of the regular season, NBA players cast vote for this award, with eleven points given for each first-place vote, nine for second-place vote, seven points for third, five points for fourth, three points for fifth and one point for each sixth place vote received. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. The winner of this award is presented with the Joe Dumars Trophy, named after the former Detroit Pistons player and the award's inaugural recipient.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 13 different players. Grant Hill is the only person to have received this honor twice. Two teams have had multiple players winning the award: the San Antonio Spurs (three players) and the Seattle SuperSonics (two players). Joe Dumars and David Robinson are the only award winners to have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Famemarker, and Luol Deng is the only foreign NBA player to win the award.


Grant Hill is the only two-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award.
* Elected to the Basketball Hall of Famemarker
^ Denotes player who is still active
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the award

Season Player Position Nationality Team References
* Guard Detroit Pistons
Guard Cleveland Cavaliers
Guard San Antonio Spurs
Guard Seattle SuperSonics
Guard Philadelphia 76ers
* Center San Antonio Spurs
Guard San Antonio Spurs
^ Guard Seattle SuperSonics
Center/Forward New Orleans Hornets
^ Forward/Guard Orlando Magic
^ Forward Los Angeles Clippers
^ Forward Chicago Bulls
^ (2) Forward Phoenix Suns
^ Guard Denver Nuggets


  • Luol Deng was born in Sudanmarker, but became a naturalized British citizen in 2006.



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