Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2015-16 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.
Conley, who previously won the award in 2013-14, joins Grant Hill (three) and Jason Kidd (two) as multiple winners since the award's inception in the 1995-96 season.
Conley (Southwest) was one of six divisional winners, joining the Toronto Raptors' Luis Scola (Atlantic), the Chicago Bulls' Pau Gasol (Central), the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (Northwest), the Golden State Warriors' Shaun Livingston (Pacific) and 2014-15 winner Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks (Southeast).
The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Conley to his charity of choice, Methodist Healthcare Foundation, with the money earmarked for the Methodist Sickle Cell Center.
Conley received 58 of 327 first-place votes and 2,209 total points from NBA players, who voted on the award for the 12th consecutive year.
Besides the donation to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation for the Methodist Sickle Cell Center on behalf of Conley, the NBA will make $5,000 donations to the other five divisional winners' charities of choice: MLSE Foundation (specifically MLSE LaunchPad) for Scola; Gasol Foundation for Gasol; Self Enhancement Inc. for Lillard; Boys & Girls Club of Oakland for Livingston; and Helping Hand Rescue Mission for Korver.
The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- in amateur and professional basketball, a key focus of the league's NBA Cares program. The trophy is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award's first recipient, in 1995-96.
Below are the voting totals for the 2015-16 NBA Sportsmanship Award:
- Mike Conley, Memphis, 2,209
- Kyle Korver, Atlanta, 2,155
- Pau Gasol, Chicago, 2,063
- Damian Lillard, Portland, 2,039
- Shaun Livingston, Golden State, 1,763
- Luis Scola, Toronto, 1,543
All-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winners list