Damian Lillard has earned a reputation as one of the most selfless superstars in the league. Whether he’s sticking up for his guys in public or on the court, he’s earned the respect of many.
His peers have recognized his work more so this year and voted him as the 2020-’21 recipient of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.
"The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team," the NBA said in a statement.
Lillard edged out Chris Paul by 11 points, although Paul received more first-place votes than Lillard by seven.
The big difference in voting came down to Lillard receiving more fourth (37-19) and fifth place (42-10) votes than Paul.
Lillard received the April NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented for his work across Portland, marking the third time he has earned the monthly Community Assist Award.
Ahead of Thursday’s Game 6 action between the Blazers and Nuggets, Portland’s head coach Terry Stotts spoke about his point guard’s latest achievement.
“It’s a great honor for him,” Stotts said. “You look at the other players who have received that award – they’re all well known as being great people, great citizens, great teammates, and he’s in very good company.”
Two years ago, Lillard won the 2018-19 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, from the Professional Basketball Writers Association, for his service and dedication to the community.
Lillard’s become a force on the court, in the locker room, and the community.