Emeka Okafor nominated for new 'Teammate of the Year' award

UPDATE: Okafor finished last among the 12 finalists, collecting 10 first-place votes, 12 second-place votes, seven third-place votes, 28 fourth-place votes and 34 fifth-place votes. Chauncey Billups won the award, which feels like a Lifetime Achievement honor because he barely played this year.

Here are the results:

Player First Second Third Fourth Fifth TOTAL POINTS
Chauncey Billups 64 80 37 44 26 1,543
Shane Battier 79 41 26 32 21 1,324
Jason Kidd 42 38 43 31 54 1,048
Jarrett Jack 26 45 44 25 25 895
Jerry Stackhouse 30 34 47 22 26 865
Manu Ginobili 35 14 23 43 30 722
Andre Iguodala 13 22 31 27 46 566
Luke Walton 18 26 23 19 21 555
Roger Mason 13 12 27 30 19 458
Roy Hibbert 6 12 26 19 21 352
Serge Ibaka 11 11 13 23 21 342
Emeka Okafor 10 12 7 28 34 333

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Emeka Okafor has been named as one of 12 finalists for the just-unveiled "Twyman/Stokes Award," given to the player that is the most "ideal teammate" in the league. The other 11 finalists: Jerry Stackhouse, Luke Walton, Andre Iguodala, Jarrett Jack, Roy Hibbert, Chauncey Billups, Shane Battier, Roger Mason Jr., Jason Kidd, Serge Ibaka and Manu Ginobili.

The winner will be unveiled prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday. A panel of current players voted on the award. None could vote for a member of their own team.

Okafor's candidacy was no doubt fueled by his reported confrontation with John Wall following one of Wall's worst games of the season. Wall's production took off from that moment forward.

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