Grant Hill named NBA's top sportsman

May 19, 2005 at 4:36 PM
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NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- Orlando Magic forward Grant Hill Thursday was named winner of the NBA's Sportsmanship Award for the 2004-05 season.

The award honors the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity.

The trophy is named for former Detroit All-Star guard Joe Dumars, the award's first recipient and current Pistons' president of basketball operations.

Hill, an 11-year veteran, averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest in 67 games.

He received 134 first-place votes and 2,778 points. Most Valuable Player Steve Nash of Phoenix and Shane Battier of Memphis finished second and third, respectively.

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