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.

National Basketball Association Sixth Man of the Year Award
SportBasketball
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Awarded 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 recentJordan Clarkson
Utah Jazz

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 Jordan Clarkson. 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, Toni Kukoč, 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

 
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* 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 Kukoč* 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)
2020–21 Jordan Clarkson^ Shooting guard   Philippines[b]

  United States

Utah Jazz

Multi-time winnersEdit

Awards Player Team(s) Years
3 Lou Williams Toronto Raptors 2015
Los Angeles Clippers (2) 2018, 2019
Jamal Crawford Atlanta Hawks 2010
Los Angeles Clippers (2) 2014, 2016
2 Kevin McHale Boston Celtics 1984, 1985
Ricky Pierce Milwaukee Bucks 1987, 1990
Detlef Schrempf Indiana Pacers 1991, 1992

TeamsEdit

Awards Teams Years
5 Los Angeles Clippers 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
4 Phoenix Suns 1989, 1998, 2000, 2007
3 Boston Celtics 1984, 1985, 1986
Dallas Mavericks 1988, 2004, 2009
New York Knicks 1995, 1997, 2013
2 Indiana Pacers 1991, 1992
Philadelphia 76ers 1983, 2001
Milwaukee Bucks 1987, 1990
Chicago Bulls 1996, 2005
1 Portland Trail Blazers 1993
Charlotte Hornets 1994
Orlando Magic 1999
Detroit Pistons 2002
Sacramento Kings 2003
Memphis Grizzlies 2006
San Antonio Spurs 2008
Atlanta Hawks 2010
Los Angeles Lakers 2011
Oklahoma City Thunder 2012
Toronto Raptors 2015
Houston Rockets 2017
Utah Jazz 2021
None
Brooklyn Nets
Miami Heat
Denver Nuggets
New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards
Minnesota Timberwolves
Cleveland Cavaliers
Golden State Warriors

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]
  2. ^ Jordan Clarkson was born in United States but naturalized Filipino. He represents the Philippines in international games.[6]

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.
  6. ^ "Change of plans, NBA clears Jordan Clarkson to play in Asian Games". sports.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.