Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans wins the Teammate of the Year award.
Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans wins the Teammate of the Year award. Image Credits : Twitter (@PelicansNBA)

The NBA announced on Oct. 6th that NBA players have chosen the New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday as the recipient of the 2019-20 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.

The award is presented annually since the 2012-13 season. It recognises 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 dedication and commitment to the team.

Over 250 NBA players voted for the 2019-20 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award through secret balloting, as conducted by the league office. A winner was chosen from among 12 nominees who were selected by a panel of league executives. Holiday received 53 of a possible 267 first-place votes and finished with a total of 1,041 points, beating Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (806 points; 48-first place votes) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Kyle Korver (796 points; 26 first-place votes) who finished second and third respectively. Players were given 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote and one point for each fifth-place vote.

In a video posted to the team’s Twitter account, Holiday thanked his teammates, for awarding him with the honour. He said he felt honoured and humbled to be a part of a list of greats in this league. He went on to thank the NBA and his team, New Orleans Pelicans.

Holiday, 30, has spent the last seven seasons with New Orleans after playing his first four seasons with Philadelphia. The 6-3 guard was chosen as an NBA All-Star in the 2012-13 season. In the 2019-20 season, he averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.62 steals in 61 games across regular-season and seeding games.

Holiday and his wife Lauren, a former gold medalist for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, announced in July that Holiday’s game checks for the remainder of the 2019-20 season would be donated to the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund, dedicated to funding non-profits, Black-owned businesses and citywide initiatives that seek to bring about equitable outcomes for Black communities.