Jrue Holiday has finally earned the recognition befitting of his impeccable character.
The New Orleans Pelicans guard was announced the recipient of the 2019-20 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award today by the NBA, joining a list of notables which includes Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, and last season’s winner, Mike Conley Jr.
This prestigious honor, voted on by more than 250 NBA players through confidential balloting conducted by the league office, recognizes a player who is considered the most ideal teammate that exemplifies an incomparable amount of commitment and dedication, an abundance of selfless play and unwavering leadership both on and off the court.
“There isn’t a more deserving player nor one that better embodies what this award signifies, on and off the court, than Jrue Holiday,” said Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin. “Jrue’s concern for and connection to his community is at the heart of everything we want this organization to represent. The work that he and his wife Lauren have done locally in New Orleans, as well as in Southern California and Indiana cannot go unnoticed, and his willingness to donate his full remaining salary following the restart of the 2019-2020 season to the ongoing fight for social justice further demonstrates what type of human being Jrue is. We are honored and grateful that Jrue is part of our Pelicans family.”
Holiday has always prioritized family, team and community, but he took things to another level this season. Jrue and Lauren Holiday pledged $5.3 million, the remainder of his 2019-20 salary following the COVID-19 stoppage of play, to combat systemic racism as well as social and economic inequalities through the JLHFund.
"I've been so blessed to make this money and play basketball ... but there's people out there that need support."— ESPN (@espn) July 15, 2020
Jrue Holiday will donate the rest of his salary for this season, worth up to $5.3 million, to launch a social justice fund, he told @Rachel__Nichols on The Jump. pic.twitter.com/7LRRmHGmFT
See, nice guys do finish first sometimes.
From the entire Pelican nation, congratulations Jrue!