According to the Professional Basketball Writers of America, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been nominated as a finalist to receive the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. The award is given to the player/coach who displayed outstanding service within their respective communities throughout the season.
Along with Booker, the four other finalists include Bismack Biyombo (CHA), Mike Conley (MEM), Steve Kerr (GSW head coach), and Damian Lillard (POR).
Today, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced the five finalists for its 2018-19 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. The finalists are Bismack Biyombo, Devin Booker, Mike Conley, Steve Kerr and Damian Lillard.
— The PBWA (@ProHoopsWriters) May 9, 2019
The award was named after the NBA’s second commissioner and has been presented annually since the 1974-75 season. Dan Issel won the award as a member of the Denver Nuggets back in 1985 and is the only former Wildcat to receive the honor. Steve Nash was the last member of the Suns to win the award, which he did in 2007.
Booker played a key role in helping raise over $1 million back in January during the Suns’ annual Jump Ball Gala, which donated the money to local charities. During the gala, Booker pledged to donate $2.5 million to Phoenix Suns’ charities over the next five years.
“As a leader, I feel like it’s my duty and my responsibility to give back to the community that we represent,” Booker said, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “A lot of people look at basketball as just a bunch of guys that make a lot of money out there on the court, and it’s not that. It’s a lot bigger than that for us.”
Great player. An even better person. Congrats to Booker.