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Magic Johnson Award

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The Magic Johnson Award is an annual award for a National Basketball Association (NBA) player who recognizes excellence on the court and cooperation and dignity with the media and public.[1]

The award, which was created in 2001 by the Pro Basketball Writers Association a professional nonprofit organization comprised approximately 175 writers and editors of people who regularly cover the NBA for newspapers, magazines and websites has been given to some of the league's most prominent players over the years. It is named in honor of player Magic Johnson, whom the writers association regards as "the ideal model" for this award.[2]

Ray Allen was the first NBA player to win this achievement. In the current year of 2017 Damian Lillard was named the winner. And after Lillard, this year's finalists were Paul Millsap, DeMar DeRozan, Paul George and Draymond Green.[3][4]

Winners[edit]

Year Image Player Team Ref(s)
2001 Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
2002 Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers [5]
2003 Jalen Rose Chicago Bulls
2004 Jermaine O'Neal Indiana Pacers [6]
2005 Antawn Jamison Washington Wizards [7]
2006 Grant Hill Orlando Magic [8]
2007 Shane Battier Houston Rockets
2008 Derek Fisher Los Angeles Lakers
2009 Brandon Roy Portland Trail Blazers
2010 Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors
2011 Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
2012 Steve Nash Phoenix Suns [9]
2013 Shane Battier Miami Heat [10]
2014 Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks [11]
2015 Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls [12]
2016 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors [13]
2017 Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers [14]
2018 Demar DeRozan Toronto Raptors

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magic Johnson Award". probasketballwriters.org. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Curry wins PBWA's Magic Johnson Award". Associated Press. nba.com. May 3, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Curry named winner of the 2015-16 Magic Johnson Award". usatoday.com. May 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ Vivlamore, Chris. "Lillard wins Magic Johnson Award, Millsap a finalist". ajc. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Brand receives Magic Johnson Award". Getty Images. 12 June 2002. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Bass Retires as Hornets' General Manager After Playoff Elimination". The New York Times. Associated Press. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Media-savvy all star". Jet. 23 May 2005. p. 48. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Grant Hill wins PBWA's Magic Johnson Award". ESPN. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Nash wins Magic Johnson Award". Fox Sports. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Shane Battier Selected as 2013 Magic Johnson Award Winner". National Basketball Association. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2017. 
  11. ^ MacMahon, Tim (25 April 2014). "Dirk wins Magic Johnson Award". ESPN. Retrieved 11 December 2017. 
  12. ^ Loumena, Dan (22 April 2015). "Pau Gasol wins the 2014-15 Magic Johnson Award". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 December 2017. 
  13. ^ Neuharth-Keusch, AJ (3 May 2016). "Stephen Curry named winner of the 2015-16 Magic Johnson Award". USA Today. Retrieved 11 December 2017. 
  14. ^ Neuharth-Keusch, AJ (2 May 2017). "Blazers' Damian Lillard wins Magic Johnson Award". USA Today. Retrieved 12 December 2017.