Named as a finalist for the Twyman-Stokes Teammates of the Year Award back in March, DeMar DeRozan found out his fate on Tuesday.
The NBA announced that DeRozan finished third in voting for the prestigious honor. Current first-round foe Jrue Holiday finished at the top of the totem pole, with Dallas’ Boban Marjanović finishing 2nd.
NBA players have selected Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday as the recipient of the 2021-22 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, the NBA announced today.
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) April 26, 2022
As the league’s site notes: “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.” A panel of executives selected the six players to nominate from each conference before current players were asked to vote for the winner by ranking their top-5 candidates. DeRozan finished with a total of 898 points, whereas Marjanović claimed 936 and Holiday a total of 964. You can see the full voting breakdown here.
Albeit not the top prize, a top-3 finish still reflects a pretty massive appreciation for what DeRozan has brought on and off the court. Bulls fans saw first-hand just how much changed in the organization once he committed to join the franchise this summer, and others around the league obviously took notice (they were probably jealous of all those hugs).
Anyway, I look forward to watching how DeRozan’s veteran presence continues to help push this Bulls squad in a better direction. You’ll always be my teammate of the year, DeMar.