Trail Blazers Announce Toumani Camara as 2023-24 Maurice Lucas Award Recipient

Team’s Annual Recognition Given to Player Who Best Exemplifies the Spirit of Lucas

toumani camaraPORTLAND, Ore. (April 11, 2024) – The Portland Trail Blazers have named forward Toumani Camara as the recipient of the 2023-24 Maurice Lucas Award, the team announced today.
The annual award was created in 2010-11 to honor the Trail Blazers player who best represents the indomitable spirit of Maurice Lucas through his contributions on and off the court, as well as in support of his teammates and the organization. In recognition of the award, the Trail Blazers will make a $5,000 donation to a nonprofit of Camara’s choice.

Toumani has embraced the Portland community since arriving in the city last fall. Throughout the season he has participated in numerous community events, including a Fred Meyer Season of Giving event where he spent time with a family from Self Enhancement Inc. for an afternoon of holiday shopping. Additionally, he taught the next generation of basketball players during a youth basketball clinic in February and enjoyed a visit to the Blazers Boys & Girls Club where he engaged with youth through cookie decorating and NBA2K battles in November.

“Toumani embodies high character and unabashed toughness on and off the court that Rip City has come to love,” said Joe Cronin, Portland Trail Blazers General Manager. “We are proud to name Toumani the recipient of the Maurice Lucas Award this season as he has only just begun to make his bigger than life impact on the Portland community.”

In his first season with the Trail Blazers, Camara appeared in 70 games with 49 starts while averaging 7.5 points (45.0% FG, 33.7% 3-PT, 75.8 FT%), 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. Amongst all NBA rookies selected in the second round of the 2023 NBA Draft, Camara ranks first in steals per game (0.9), total rebounds (343), total assists (87) and in total steals (66) while ranked second in total points (527), total blocks (33) and in total three-point field goals made (58).  Camara is one of only two rookies this season who has recorded at least 350 points, 340 rebounds, 65 steals and 35 three-pointers made along with Victor Wembanyama.

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MAURICE LUCAS AWARD WINNERS

2023-24 – Toumani Camara
2022-23 – Jerami Grant
2021-22 – Anfernee Simons
2020-21 – Enes Kanter
2019-20 – Carmelo Anthony
2018-19 – Jusuf Nurkic
2017-18 – Evan Turner
2016-17 – Al-Farouq Aminu
2015-16 – Ed Davis
2014-15 – LaMarcus Aldridge
2013-14 – Robin Lopez
2012-13 – Damian Lillard
2011-12 – Wesley Matthews
2010-11 – LaMarcus Aldridge

About the Maurice Lucas Foundation

The Foundation is named in honor of the late Maurice Lucas (1952-2010), the leading scorer on the 1977 NBA champion Trail Blazers team. Besides his outstanding achievements on the court, Lucas also selflessly gave his time and energy to Portland youth. Since its formation in 2010, the Maurice Lucas Foundation has served thousands of students and families through its Academy program, basketball camps and teams.

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