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NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award

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 different players. The most recent recipient is Lou Williams. 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 Kukoč 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 Kukoč. 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.

WinnersEdit

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

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "NBA postseason awards: Sixth Man Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2008.
  • "Sixth Man of the Year Award Winners". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 11, 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 July 11, 2008.
  2. ^ "NBA & ABA Sixth Man of the Year Award Winners". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Most Valuable Player". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 15, 2009.
  4. ^ "Gordon Wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award". NBA.com/Chicago Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  5. ^ "First Person: Ben Gordon, Bulls Guard". Sports Illustrated. November 13, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2008.