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Rudy Gay has been nominated for the 2019 Twyman-Stokes Award

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The award goes to the best teammate in the NBA.

The 12 finalists for the 2018-19 Twyman-Stokes Award, which goes to the NBA’s best teammate, have been announced. This year that includes Spurs forward Rudy Gay. It is a player-voted award that will be presented at the 2019 NBA Awards Ceremony.

The award was created in 2013 and is named after Jack Twyman and Muarice Stokes, and the story behind the award is truly heartwarming. The two played together on the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals from 1955 to 1958 until Stokes’ career was cut short after suffering a head injury from a fall during a game against the Minneapolis Lakers. Stokes would later become paralyzed due to post-traumatic encephalopathy (a brain injury that damages the motor-control center). Twyman then became Stokes’ legal guardian and advocate until Stokes’ death in 1970.

Tim Duncan won the award in 2015. If you need an example of how much Gay’s teammates love him, he would be all of their targets for an April Fool’s Day joke. Watch out, Rudy!