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Tim Duncan named NBA's top teammate

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan has been named the Twyman-Stokes Award winner given annually to the NBA's teammate of the year.

A panel of NBA stars from the past nominated a panel of six candidates. Then nearly 300 active players voted for the winner.

Duncan received 72 first-place votes. Vince Carter of the Memphis Grizzlies finished second and Atlanta's Elton Brand finished third.

Duncan says he learned how to be a great teammate from the veterans he was around early in his career. He says it was instilled in him early in his career that it was important to accept roles, be selfless and work well with teammates.

Duncan will receive the award at a home game early in the season.