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NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award
National Basketball Association Sixth Man of the Year Award
SportBasketball
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Given forBest performing non-starting player in regular season of the National Basketball Association
History
First award1982-83
Most winsJamal Crawford
Lou Williams (tied, 3)
Most recentMontrezl Harrell
Los Angeles Clippers

The National Basketball Association's Sixth Man of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1982-83 NBA season to the league's best performing player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (or sixth man). A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters from throughout the United States and Canada votes on the recipient.

Each judge casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. To be eligible for the award, a player must come off the bench in more games than he starts.[1] The 2008-09 winner, Jason Terry, averaged the most playing time of any sixth man in an award-winning season; he finished the year with an average of 33.7 minutes played per game with the Dallas Mavericks.[2]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 30 players. The most recent recipient is Montrezl Harrell. Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams are the only three time winners of the award. Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf have won the award twice. Bobby Jones was the inaugural winner of the award for the 1982-83 NBA season. McHale, Bobby Jones, and Bill Walton are the only Hall of Famers who have won the award; Walton, along with James Harden, are the only award winners to have earned NBA MVP honors in their careers.[3]

Manu Ginóbili, Detlef Schrempf, Leandro Barbosa, Toni Kuko? and Ben Gordon are the only award winners not born in the United States. Gordon was the first player to win the award as a rookie.[4] Of the five foreign-born winners, three were trained completely outside the U.S., namely Ginóbili, Barbosa and Kuko?. Schrempf played two years of high school basketball in Centralia, Washington before playing college basketball at Washington, and Gordon was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and went on to play in college at Connecticut.

Winners

Detlef Schrempf was the first non-American to receive the award and won it twice.
Manu Ginóbili at a training ground
Manu Ginóbili won the award in the 2007-08 NBA season.
Jamal Crawford has won the award a record three times.
Lou Williams has won the award a record three times.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the award
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1982-83 Bobby Jones* Power forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1983-84 Kevin McHale* Power forward  United States Boston Celtics
1984-85 Kevin McHale* (2) Power forward  United States Boston Celtics (2)
1985-86 Bill Walton* Center  United States Boston Celtics (3)
1986-87 Ricky Pierce Shooting guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1987-88 Roy Tarpley Power forward  United States Dallas Mavericks
1988-89 Eddie Johnson Small forward  United States Phoenix Suns
1989-90 Ricky Pierce (2) Shooting guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks (2)
1990-91 Detlef Schrempf Power forward  Germany Indiana Pacers
1991-92 Detlef Schrempf (2) Power forward  Germany Indiana Pacers (2)
1992-93 Clifford Robinson Power forward  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1993-94 Dell Curry Shooting guard  United States Charlotte Hornets
1994-95 Anthony Mason Power forward  United States New York Knicks
1995-96 Toni Kuko? Small forward  Croatia Chicago Bulls
1996-97 John Starks Shooting guard  United States New York Knicks (2)
1997-98 Danny Manning Power forward  United States Phoenix Suns (2)
1998-99 Darrell Armstrong Point guard  United States Orlando Magic
1999-00 Rodney Rogers Power forward  United States Phoenix Suns (3)
2000-01 Aaron McKie Shooting guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
2001-02 Corliss Williamson Small forward  United States Detroit Pistons
2002-03 Bobby Jackson Point guard  United States Sacramento Kings
2003-04 Antawn Jamison Small forward  United States Dallas Mavericks (2)
2004-05 Ben Gordon Shooting guard  United States[a] Chicago Bulls (2)
2005-06 Mike Miller Shooting guard  United States Memphis Grizzlies
2006-07 Leandro Barbosa Shooting guard  Brazil Phoenix Suns (4)
2007-08 Manu Ginóbili Shooting guard  Argentina San Antonio Spurs
2008-09 Jason Terry Shooting guard  United States Dallas Mavericks (3)
2009-10 Jamal Crawford^ Shooting guard  United States Atlanta Hawks
2010-11 Lamar Odom Power forward  United States Los Angeles Lakers
2011-12 James Harden^ Shooting guard  United States Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 J. R. Smith^ Shooting guard  United States New York Knicks (3)
2013-14 Jamal Crawford^ (2) Shooting guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2014-15 Lou Williams^ Shooting guard  United States Toronto Raptors
2015-16 Jamal Crawford^ (3) Shooting guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers (2)
2016-17 Eric Gordon^ Shooting guard  United States Houston Rockets
2017-18 Lou Williams^ (2) Shooting guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers (3)
2018-19 Lou Williams^ (3) Shooting guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers (4)
2019-20 Montrezl Harrell^ Center  United States Los Angeles Clippers (5)

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Ben Gordon holds both American and British citizenship as he was born in England but was raised in the United States.[5]

References

General
  • "NBA postseason awards: Sixth Man Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  • "Sixth Man of the Year Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008.
Specific
  1. ^ "Ginobili Wins 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year Award Presented by Kia Motors". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 21, 2008. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "NBA & ABA Sixth Man of the Year Award Winners". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Most Valuable Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "Gordon Wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award". NBA.com/Chicago Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2005. Retrieved 2008.
  5. ^ "First Person: Ben Gordon, Bulls Guard". Sports Illustrated. November 13, 2006. Retrieved 2008.


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