New York, United States.- The point guard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard, was selected as the “Teammate of the Year” of the NBA in a player vote, the league announced Thursday.

The award, first presented in 2013, recognizes the basketball player considered the best teammate based on selfless play, dedication to the team, and leadership on and off the court as a mentor and role model for other NBA players. .

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A panel of league executives selected 12 nominees and current league players. NBA they chose the winner. Lillard outvoted point guard Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns), who was second.

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Otros finalistas fueron Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat, tercero), seguido de Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Boban Marjanovic (Dallas Mavericks), Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers), Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers), Theo Pinson (New York Knicks), Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz), Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets) y Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Lillard, a nine-year NBA veteran, averaged 28.8 points; 7.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 67 games this season.

The point guard Damian Lillard during a game with the Portland Trail Blazers / EFE

The 30-year-old American was an NBA All-Star for the fourth straight season and sixth time overall, helping Portland to its eighth straight playoff appearance, the longest active streak in the NBA.

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This Thursday The Blazers they lost 115-126 to the Denver Nuggets and were eliminated by leaving the series 4-2 in their first-round playoff series in the Western Conference.

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