After former UConn legend Kemba Walker sixth season in the NBA culminated with his first-ever All-Star game appearance, Walker added another accolade at the NBA’s first-ever televised award show, taking home the 2017 NBA Sportsmanship Award.
The Sportsmanship Award, named after Detroit Pistons legend Joe Dumars, is voted on solely by all active NBA players.
Walker is the first Hornet to win the award since it was first awarded after the 1995-96 season.
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See the full list of winners at the 2017 NBA Awards
MANILA, Philippines – Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder was named 2017 KIA NBA Most Valuable Player on Monday, June 26 (Tuesday in Manila), during the first-ever NBA Awards show.
Here is the full list of winners at the 2017 NBA Awards:
Westbrook won the coveted award over candidates Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and James Harden of the Houston Rockets.