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Memphis, Tennessee, April 5, 2005 — For the second consecutive season, Grizzlies forward Shane Battier was selected as the Southwest Divisional winner for the NBA’s 2004-05 Sportsmanship Award. The overall award, designed to honor a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, is voted on by NBA players.

Indiana’s Austin Croshere, New Jersey’s Jacque Vaughn, Orlando’s Grant Hill, Phoenix’s Steve Nash and Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko are the other players who were selected by a five-member panel of former players as divisional winners for the 2004-05 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

The 2004-05 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner will be presented with the Joe Dumars Trophy, named after the former Detroit Pistons great who played 14 seasons in the NBA and was the recipient of the inaugural NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1996. The six-time All-Star was selected in honor of his distinguished and dignified career and for symbolizing the tradition the NBA wants to recognize with this award.
Inaugural – Joe Dumars (1996)
1996-1997: Terrell Brandon, Cleveland
1997-1998: Avery Johnson, San Antonio
1998-1999: Hersey Hawkins, Seattle
1999-2000: Eric Snow, Philadelphia
2000-2001: David Robinson, San Antonio
2001-2002: Steve Smith, San Antonio
2002-2003: Ray Allen, Seattle
2003-2004: P.J. Brown, New Orleans

Good luck to Shane on winning the overall award. He's a valuable part of the community on and off the floor. :greatjob:

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Nice, Congratulations!
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