San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili won
his first NBA Sixth Man of the Year award with 123 out of 124 first-place votes, finishing far ahead of last-year's winner, and this year's runner-up, Leandro Barbosa of Phoenix.
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett won
his first NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, beating out Denver's Marcus Camby and Houston's Shane Battier.
Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill won
the NBA Sportsmanship Award (also called the Joe Dumars award), beating out Shane Battier of Houston and Brandon Roy of Portland. He's the first two-time winner of the award, which was established in 1996.
Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu won
the NBA's Most Improved Player award over Memphis's Rudy Gay and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge by averaging career highs with 19.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 5 apg.The Associated Press
has learned that New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott will be named
NBA's Coach of the Year for leading the Hornets back to the playoffs after four years.(edited by ekedolphin on 29.4.08 0400)
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