MIAMI (CBS4) – The awards for the Miami Heat continue to pile up this season with arguably the team’s best bench player, Shane Battier, receiving the 2013 Magic Johnson Award.
The award is given by the Pro Basketball Writers Association to a player who combines excellence on the court with cooperation with the media and fans.
Battier beat out a who’s who of stars for the award including fellow Heat stars Ray Allen and LeBron James as well as Kevin Durant, Manu Ginobli, and Dirk Nowitzki to name a few. Bosh and Allen have won the award in the past.
This was the first time Battier has been selected to win the Magic Johnson Award and is the first ever in Heat team history.