- Chris Forsberg, Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green finished second in voting amongst his peers for the 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award.
Memphis' Mike Conley took home the honor with a total of 2,335 points, while Green was second at 1,971. Phoenix's Channing Frye (1,915), Washington's Bradley Beal (1,897), Portland's Damian Lillard (1,881), and Chicago's Mike Dunleavy (1,832) rounded out the voting among divisional representatives.
The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Conley to his charity of choice, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, specifically for research pertaining to sickle cell anemia. The NBA will make a $5,000 donation to each of the divisional winner’s charities of choice, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation on behalf of Green.
Green underwent surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to repair an aortic aneurysm that forced him to sit out the 2011-12 season.
According to the league's press release, the award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- in amateur and professional basketball, a key focus of the league’s NBA Cares program efforts. The winner is awarded the Joe Dumars trophy, named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award’s first recipient.
NBA players voted with 11 points given for each first-place vote, nine points for each second-place vote, seven points for third, five points for fourth, three points for fifth and one point for each sixth-place vote received. Each team nominated one of its players for the award.
Green received 65 first-place votes of the 325 total ballots cast.
Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green finished second in voting amongst his peers for the 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award.Memphis' Mike Conley took home the honor with a total of 2,335 points, while Green was second at 1,971.