WHITE PLAINS, NY, April 17, 2017 – The NBA Development League announced today that Westchester Knicks forward Keith Wright has earned the 2016-17 NBA Development League Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by his fellow Sportsmanship Award nominees. The award honors the player who best represents the ideals of character and conduct on and off the court.
Wright was a fixture in the Westchester community, making several appearances on behalf of the Knicks. During the NBA D-League’s Season of Giving initiative, Wright worked with the Food Bank of Westchester, Xperience Outreach Program, and the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester to help spread holiday cheer. Additionally, he participated in a free Junior Dub Knicks Youth Clinic presented by Chase for more than 100 local children from Robert Jacobson Sports, assisted in the NBA D-League Showcase Clinic in Toronto in January, and accompanied Westchester Knicks mascot Hudson to surprise patients at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a partner of the Garden of Dreams Foundation. Wright was also one of three players to address the crowd during the team’s season finale, thanking fans for their support throughout the season.
Passionate about giving back to the communities that have helped shape him into the person he is today, the Harvard graduate formed a foundation in April 2015 called The Wright of Way, Inc. The foundation’s goal is to equip youth involved in basketball with the tools to obtain scholarships and funding to further their education.
Appearing in 47 games with 32 starts for Westchester during the 2016-17 season, Wright led the Knicks in rebounds with an average of 6.9 per game to go with 8.8 points over 26.7 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 23 times, including a season-high 23 points on Jan. 12.
The Sportsmanship Award honors former NBA D-League, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier, who passed away suddenly on Oct. 15, 2005. Collier, a 2003-04 All-NBA D-League First Team selection as a member of the Fayetteville Patriots, was a player and person who exemplified the qualities of a faithful teammate, husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was preparing to begin his sixth NBA season at the time of his death.