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Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks star Pace wins second ABA Most Valuable Player Award

By Kirk Copeland
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Tuesday, April 28th

(Shreveport, LA.) – “The Silent Assassin” is making a lot of noise in the offseason.

Mavericks swingman Josh “The Silent Assassin” Pace garnered his second American Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award Tuesday, the league office announced.

This adds to Pace’s selection as a first-team All-ABA player last week and his recognition – along with the four-time ABA champion Mavericks – by Neil Everett on ESPN Sportscenter on April 16.

Pace led the Mavericks to their second straight undefeated championship season in 2014-15 – a feat never before accomplished in pro basketball history – averaging a team-high 17.7 points per game with 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists. His leadership on and off court were unparalleled.

Pace becomes only the second player in ABA history to win the award twice, joining Jacksonville Giants center Jermaine “Slim” Bell, who took the honors in 2012 and 2013. Pace first won the prize for the 2009-10 season, when he also was the first player in league history to win season and Championship Finals MVP in the same year. Pace, who won an NCAA National Championship with Syracuse alongside Carmelo Anthony, is now the only player to be named league MVP twice in addition to winning a Championship Finals MVP award.

“Josh Pace is most deserving of this season’s MVP award,” said Mavs head coach Steve Tucker, who was recently named 2015 ABA National Coach of the Year. “Josh is one of those very rare players that you get to coach that you never forget. He’s just very special in every way. A true leader, winner and champion. I am very proud to say I coached Josh Pace.”

“The Silent Assassin” earned his nickname by partnering his quiet demeanor on and off court with a deadly ability to take over games in big situations. Never was this more apparent than in the clinching game of the Championship Series against the Miami Midnites. After the Midnites had cut the lead to 13 points and had momentum with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Pace responded with six straight points and an electrifying assist in less than a minute to ice the contest.

Pace’s selection continues a tradition of Mavericks players taking the distinguished award. Ed Horton took the MVP of both the league and the Championship Finals last season, joining Pace as the only players to ever accomplish the feat. Odell Bradley won the prize in 2010-11, and Deron Rutledege – the only player to ever have his number retired by the organization – turned the trick in 2008-09. The Mavericks have had more league MVPs (five, by four players) and Championship Finals MVPs (four – Anthony Jackson, 2015; Horton, 2014; P.J. Couisnard, 2011; Pace, 2010) than any team in the history of the American Basketball Association.

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