Magic’s Hill captures Sportsmanship Award
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill earned the
NBA’s Sportsmanship Award for the 2004-05 season, the league announced on
The award honors a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the
court — ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. The trophy is named for
former Detroit Pistons All-Star guard Joe Dumars, the award’s first recipient.
Hill received 134 first-place votes and 2,778 points in the balloting. Each
team nominated one of its own players for the award, then former NBA players
Tom Heinsohn, Eddie Johnson, Steve Mix, Kelly Tripucka and Stu Lantz selected
the six divisional winners.
Hill, Phoenix’ Steve Nash, Shane Battier of the Grizzlies, Austin Croshere of
the Pacers, Jacque Vaughn of the Nets and Andrei Kirilenko of the Jazz were
selected as divisional winners.
The 32-year-old Hill averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 67
games this season for the Magic, who failed to qualify for the postseason.