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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.

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I think Bill Simmons had a good analysis of the Pistons in his latest column. He said that a big part of Detroit's success is that they were so good at feeding off a perceived lack of respect.
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