The winner was chosen from a vote of NBA players. Ballots featured 12 nominees, six from each conference selected by a panel of NBA Legends according to selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players and his commitment and dedication to his team.
Of those 12 nominees, no current Maverick was included, though former Mavs Jason Kidd and Jerry Stackhouse were on the ballot.
Who do you think is the best teammate on the Mavericks? As the award defines it, the best teammate is someone who his selfless, a leader on the court and role model off it.