NBA players have selected New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.
The award, which was voted on by more than 250 NBA players, is based on selfless play, on-and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other players and commitment and dedication to his team.
“There isn’t a more deserving player nor one that better embodies what this award signifies, on and off the court, than Jrue Holiday,” said Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin. “Jrue’s concern for and connection to his community is at the heart of everything we want this organization to represent. The work that he and his wife Lauren have done locally in New Orleans, as well as in Southern California and Indiana cannot go unnoticed, and his willingness to donate his full remaining salary following the restart of the 2019-2020 season to the ongoing fight for social justice further demonstrates what type of human being Jrue is. We are honored and grateful that Jrue is part of our Pelicans family.”
Holiday received 53 of 267 first-place votes and finished with 1,041 total points.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (806 points, 48 first-place votes) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Kyle Korver (796 points, 26 first-place votes) finished second and third place, respectively.
The other finalists included Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills and Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner.
Holiday becomes the eighth player to win the award in league history, joining Chauncey Billups (2013), Shane Battier (2014), Tim Duncan (2015), Vince Carter (2016), Dirk Nowitzki (2017), Jamal Crawford (2018) and Mike Conley Jr. (2019).
The full voting results:
This season, Holiday averaged 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game.