Early Candidates for Sixth Man of the Year

Reading Time: 5 minutes

lou 751 0

Lou Williams won this years Kia 6th man of the year award, and it was well deserved. Williams helped lead his team to the playoffs while contributing off the bench and playing consistently. As we draw nearer to the upcoming season, lets take a look at some of the potential winners for next years award.

5. Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili does not start in San Antonio despite the fact that he is one of the most skillful  players in all of basketball. He has made over one hundred million dollars in his career while being part of the reserves. Ginobili has the argument to be the greatest bench player ever. In the 2013-2014 finals rematch against the Miami Heat, he averaged 14.4 points per game and the Spurs won the finals in five games. Ginobili however, is completely willing to come of the bench if it means prosperity for the team.

In an interview with USA Today’s Sam Amick he explained, “It’s not as common as you think, given the success we have had”.  Coach Gregg Popovich said, “I’ve always felt guilty about it, but I do it anyways”.

It certainly came away as a positive when the Spurs came away with championships in 2003,2005 and 2007. He won the sixth man of the year award for the 2007-2008 season. Ginobili brings championship experience to the team. Manu has always been known to make clutch shots and is a future hall of famer, no doubt. With the Spurs revamping their roster and Ginobili returning, is it possible he could he have another breakout season?

4. J.R Smith

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a deep run into the playoffs this past season, making it all the way to the NBA Finals. They could not have done it without the help of J.R Smith. During the regular season smith averaged 12.7 points per game and in the NBA Finals he averaged 11.5 points in 6 games. What makes him valuable is his sweet three point stroke, from which he shot almost 40 percent and 43 percent from the field. His athleticism and playmaking are a huge boost for a team. Smith may not be the most consistent player in the league but when he is hot, there is no stopping him.

“My motto is, ‘When in doubt, shoot the ball”. Even when he is having a bad night, lack of confidence is not an issue for Smith. He also recently claimed to be one of the best shooters ever. Whether or not that is true, Smith does have great offensive capabilities.

When asked about his defense however, he simply said this, “That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know.” Although improved Smith’s defense is lacking and lackadaisical. Defense or not, J.R Smith will still be a force to be reckoned with coming off the bench.

3. Jamal Crawford

1e4dd2 4be21317599941e1a0700a0ae5ea98eb

Jamal Crawford or “Jcrossover” has won the NBA 6th man of the year award twice already. Once in 2010 with the Hawks and once in 2014 with the Clippers. At 6 ft 5 he has the versatility to run the point or drop down to a small forward so teams can play small ball, which is becoming more and more popular in the NBA. He averaged over 15 points per game this past season and Crawford holds the record for most 4 point plays in history with 40.

Although Crawford has quite the resume, he did not shoot the three point shot well this past season. He shot a poor 32 percent from behind the arch and 39 percent from the field. His dismal shooting percentages can be mostly accredited to his poor shot selection. When asked about his inefficient shooting he said, “It was definitely a huge bump in the road. Hopefully next year and in the years to come, I’ll be where I want to be. But you’ve got to take your lumps, and nobody thought it would be a lump like this”. Despite his poor shooting Crawford has become a leader at the 6th man role and can really boost an offense. His offensive skill set and leadership can really improve a team through the bench.

Also Read:  4 NBA X-Factors Who Can Be Huge In the Bubble

2. Isaiah Thomas



Isaiah Thomas was the 60th and final pick of  the 2011 NBA draft, but he has sure made the most of his opportunity. After three successful years in Sacramento with the Kings, Thomas ended up in Boston with the Celtics. Now in the eastern conference, he led the Celtics to the playoffs with the 7th seed, where they battled the Cavaliers. Thomas averaged 17.5 points per game but the Celtics could not keep up with the fast paced cavs and were swept in the first round. In the regular season, Thomas averaged 19 points per game and  Shot 41 percent from the field. He is an efficient player who has vastly  improved and could possibly develop into an all-star point guard.

Coach Brad Stevens however, is still unsure of Thomas’s potential. “He may end up starting, he may end up coming off the bench, we’ll see how that goes,” said Stevens.

Thomas is currently contending with Marcus Smart for the starting position and if Thomas does not make the squad, he could be a serious contender for 6th man of the year. Averaging over 15 points a game and a productive guard, he would be hard to beat.

1. Andre Iguodala

150617001828 andre iguodala scream celebration finals

Andre Iguodala is the frontrunner for 6th man of the year by far. After winning the NBA Finals with the Warriors and winning the Finals MVP, Iguodala would start on almost any other team in the league. However, coach Steve Kerr is still leaning towards bringing Iguodala off the bench.

“I could make an argument he’s been our best player, especially over the last two weeks,” Kerr said Sunday. “Right now in the scrimmages, he’s the most impactful player that we have. The last couple of weeks, he has sort of determined who’s winning (the scrimmage) depending on what side he’s on. So from that standpoint, you could call me an idiot. If he’s my best player and I’m not starting him, maybe I’m the one who’s wrong… The argument is absolutely there.”

In the NBA Finals Iguodala averaged just under 17 points per game and dished out 4 assists per game as well. His shooting percentage was solid and consistent, averaging 47 percent from the field. However, his free throw percentages were terrible during the regular season and only got worse during the postseason. His regular season average of  60 percent plummeted to 42 percent.

Andre Iguodala is a versatile guard at 6,6 and can play from the point or down at small forward. His passing is on target and consistent as he averaged a solid 4 assists a game during the regular season. The most valuable aspect of Iguodala’s game is his defensive presence. During The Finals Iguodala held Lebron James to just 38 percent shooting and many believe that his defense on James is what got him the MVP award. He finished 5th in the voting for defensive player of the year. With defense and offensive efficiency, Andre Iguodala is going to be one of the best reserves in the league and possibly in history.

Also Read:  Stephen Curry Is Better than Damian Lillard
Nathan Jackson
Nathan Jackson NBA Analyst 14
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

America’s Largest Amateur League Shines in Baseball’s “Lost Season”

2020 will forever be remembered as baseball’s lost season. The sport was shattered due to the COVID-19 pandemic virus outbreak. Baseball fans were out of luck this summer as they were entirely restricted from attending any professional or semi-pro live games. Watching on television or live stream wasn’t much better. Most of the MLB season was cancelled including the pre-season, the much anticipated Iowa Field of Dreams game, Puerto Rico series, London Series and All...

IPL: Mumbai Indians Lose Season Opener

Mumbai Indians lost an Indian Premier League (IPL) opener for the 8th successive year following a 5-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings. Having lost the first game of the season in the last 7 years, Mumbai might have thought this was their time, as they were on a 5-game winning run against CSK. However, ex Mumbai Indians player Ambati Rayudu and South African superstars Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi ensured that it didn’t...

When Did Formula One Begin?

If you ask virtually anyone the world over a simple question – “What is Formula One” they will probably get the answer correct.  It’s a car race!  Even though that might be a very simple reply (a better answer would be it’s the highest class of international single-seater auto-racing!) there is another question that will probably stump them.  That question is “When did Formula One begin?”. In order to answer the question properly we need...

Stanley Cup Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars

After nearly two months of play in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, one more team, either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Dallas Stars will have their bubble burst as the other emerges as the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals champions. The Stars won two games against the Lightning in the regular season, each in overtime (4-3 on December 19; 3-2 on January 27) The Lightning representing the Eastern Conference made it to the...

The Cleveland Browns Are Looking Up

The Cleveland Browns have a team that had a ton of questions this year. They came into the game against the Bengals unsure of how they were going to get their offense going. While the Bengals aren't at all a good defense, it's still hard to play those divisional games and win. The AFC North is known for brutally cold weather that makes it nearly impossible to stay sharp, yet they were sharp offensively....

The Case For Rocky Marciano

You wouldn't think, not even for a second, that you would have to defend a world champion boxer who retired with an unblemished record of 49-0 (43 KO's), but if it's Rocky Marciano we're talking about then yep, he needs to be defended. It's ridiculous, but true. Marciano seems to have as many naysayers as he does fans. "He was too small", "He never fought anybody in their prime", "He'd get killed today"; etc....

Fantasy Basketball: The Best Draft Pick Techniques You Should Know

Image Source Fantasy Basketball gives everyone the anticipation that keeps you up at night just to draft the ultimate fantasy basketball line-up. Your ultimate goal is to dominate any opponent all season. Sadly, not everyone has the skills and experience to win. Remember that if you are considering joining a fantasy basketball league, you need to consider some factors. Successful players and experts choose more than their favorite team or a player's value. Even if you...

2020 NBA Western Conference Finals: A Victor Emerges

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets will meet for the second time in the NBA Western Conference Finals. The Lakers managed to breeze through Portland and Houston in the first two rounds, while Denver has proven themselves to be true underdogs, coming back from a 3-1 deficit against Utah and the L.A. Clippers. Will the Lakers blow past the Nuggets, or will Denver pull off another unimaginable moment in the playoffs?   Point Guard:...

Why Did the Clippers Fail in the NBA Playoffs?

Lets make one thing clear; the Nuggets won that series because they were a better team than the Clippers. They outplayed the Clippers in the NBA playoffs, plain and simple. Yes the Clippers did underperform, it was due to the Nuggets were elite. They were one of the hottest teams in the bubble and they've gotten it done. Jamal Murray has developed into an elite scorer, the Joker has kept up his elite play, and...

Leinster VS Ulster: Pro 14 Champions Final 2020

The annual Pro 14 tournament was wrapped up as the final whistle blew at The Aviva Stadium in Dublin this past weekend. Leinster reigned in as the Pro 14 Champions 2020 against an enthusiastic Ulster team, winning 27-5, to become the first side ever to win three consecutive Pro 14 titles. The Dublin side held their remarkable reputation as the most successful provincial Irish rugby sides following their victory on Saturday, and have once again...

Social Connect


Trending Now

America’s Largest Amateur League Shines in Baseball’s “Lost Season”

2020 will forever be remembered as baseball’s lost season. The sport was shattered due to the COVID-19 pandemic virus outbreak. Baseball fans were out...
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x