WVU alum and Phoenix Suns point guard Jevon Carter continues to live up to his “bulldog” nickname, playing in the NBA with the same passion, hustle and defensive tenacity. That paid off once again being named the 2020 Majerle Hustle Award.
The honor is presented at the end of each season to the Suns player who “most personified the same hustle, grit and determination that Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle displayed as a player,” according to the organization’s website.
To make winning even sweeter, Carter learned news of this honor via a video from Majerle himself following the Suns’ final game of the season inside the NBA Bubble.
“Jevon I am here to congratulate you on winning the Majerle Hustle Award,” Majerle said in the video. “I am very excited to have your name associated with the award which has been given for 18 years now.”
Congrats to Jevon Carter on being the recipient of the 2020 Majerle Hustle Award. SO deserved. pic.twitter.com/2e6HEWxtGO
— 8-0 (@Suns) August 13, 2020
During the Suns’ run inside the NBA bubble, Carter continued to show hustle, grit and determination, scoring a season high 20 points, with six 3-pointers, in the team’s win against the Miami Heat.
“Every game I feel like I’m due for a game like that, that’s just how hard I work,” he told reporters after the game.
The Suns went on to an 8-0 record in the bubble, and the only team to do so; however, they are going to miss the postseason because they lost a tiebreaker to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Carter was selected for this award based on the results of five voting categories: Suns fans, Suns players, Suns coaches, Suns employees and Majerle himself, voting ended on Wednesday.
A $9,000 donation will be made to the charity of his choice.