Each team selected one teammate to be nominated for the award. With 30 nominees, a panel of five former NBA players selected 6 finalists, based on division. The former NBA players include Greg Anthony, John Crotty, Antonio Davis, Eddie Johnson and Kenny Smith.
The other five finalists include: Cleveland's Antawn Jamison, Dallas' Jason Kidd, L.A. Clippers' Chris Paul, Miami's Shane Battier and New York's Jeremy Lin.
The annual award was designed to award a player who best 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 will be presented with the Joe Dumars trophy after the regular season. Joe Dumars played 14 NBA seasons and was the recipient of the inaugural award in 1996.
Ridnour is in his second season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and his ninth in the NBA. He's currently averaging a career-high 12.1ppg, as well as 2.7rpg and 4.8apg in 53 games (all starts). He also ranks 6th in the NBA in FT% (.891) and 26th in assists per game.
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