On Monday evening, in fashionably late fashion, the National Basketball Association provided fans, players, and media with its second-annual NBA Awards Show.
As anticipated, the TNT-aired program was highlighted with James Harden of the Houston Rockets earning his first career MVP selection. While the artist known as ‘The Beard‘ grabbed the night’s top honor, a member of the 2017-18 Minnesota Timberwolves was able to leave the star-studded event with some fancy new hardware:
Stay being you, J! pic.twitter.com/Gj7T0yjKj2
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) June 26, 2018
The well-deserved acknowledgement makes Jamal Crawford the sixth-ever recipient of what’s officially known as the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. Since 2013, the accolade, which is named after the tragic story of once teammates, Jack Twyman & Maurice Stokes, has been given to the individual considered the league’s most “ideal teammate.”
As you can see, Crawford now finds himself amongst a handful of other highly respected players:
- Dirk Nowitzki (2017)
- Vince Carter (2016)
- Tim Duncan (2015)
- Shane Battier (2014)
- Chauncey Billups (2013)
Watch his reaction press conference here: Link
The 18-year NBA veteran, who isn’t new to league-wide praise (3x Sixth Man of the Year Winner) notched this season’s top-teammate title by beating out runner-up Manu Giniboli by 10 first place votes (80 points total).
Eye ballooned shut or not, if it were up to Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford would always win Teammate of the Year pic.twitter.com/WKbsccelS6
— Johnny MN (@TheJohnnyMN) June 26, 2018
In regards to Jamal Crawford’s Timberwolves career, all indications are that he’s going to go college superstar on that bit. One and done:
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) May 2, 2018
While he does have a family to feed, the 38 year-old’s decision to become a free agent doesn’t appear to be financially motivated. Speaking of putting food on the table, look who else showed up for the evening’s festivities:
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) June 25, 2018
MVP: James Harden
Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons
Most Improved Player: Victor Oladipo
Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert
Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams
Executive of the Year: Daryl Morey (Rockets)
Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker (Hornets)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Oscar Robertson (Retired)
Community Cares Assist Award: Kevin Durant (Warriors)
Sager Strong Award: Dikembe Mutombo (Retired)
Best Style (fan vote): Russell Westbrook (Thunder)
From here, despite having both the draft and the Award Show in the rear view mirror, anyone suggesting that the NBA news is about to slow down is terribly confused.
The league’s highly anticipated free agency period, which is sure to be beautifully chaotic, begins on July 1st.