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Doc Rivers: Jamal Crawford should ‘certainly’ win Sixth Man of the Year

Apr 7, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

Jamal Crawford

Completely unbiased Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford deserves Sixth Man of the Year due to his play with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Of course he does.

But Tom Thibodeau has already begun making his case for Taj Gibson, so there’s nothing wrong with Rivers campaigning too.

On the merits, Crawford has a strong case. He might even be favored to win the award.

First of all, he’s eligible. Though Crawford started for stretches this season, he’s come off the bench in more games (43) than he’s started (23), and it’s too late to reverse that.

Crawford also leads reserves in scoring, often the essential factor in voting.

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But when it comes to win shares, a catch-all stat designed to cover more than just scoring, Crawford doesn’t fare as well.

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The Clippers have asked a lot from Crawford this season, a factor that should be considered in his candidacy. Unlike some reserves, Crawford has not been able to wait for advantageous matchups. He’s helped Los Angeles in all types of situations.

Does Crawford deserve Sixth Man of the Year? He’s definitely in the running, and the final 10 days of the season could still make the difference in a close race.

Will Crawford win Sixth Man of the Year? I think so. Scoring is just so important to voters.

  1. spursareold - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Gi-NOBILI!!!!

  2. supremekingz - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Great article& numbers. Jamal Crawford has my vote (if i had one). He’s a beast. I’m about to go Youtube that epic battle he had against Durant where he bested him

  3. Savoir-Faire - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Crawford should win because his numbers are what most teams would want from a starting SG not simply someone coming off the bench . His 4th quarters numbers are outrageous as hes 3rd in 4th quarter scoring behind Durant and Harden and hes shooting 45% from three in the 4th quarter.He was up for player of the month in February but lost out to his teammate Blake Griffith . A healthy jamal Crawford hasn’t just been great for a reserve hes been one of the best guards in the entire league starting or not this season and thats why hes the best 6th man .

  4. supremekingz - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    ^Good points. Didn’t know his numbers were that good in the 4th

  5. kicksave1980 - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Eh, nothing wrong with a coach going to bat for his players.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    This headline should read: Doc Rivers is moonlighting as an amateur comedian

  7. lj312chicago - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    How about Taj Gibson or Dj Augustine

  8. jimeejohnson - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    One more nail in that other team from Los Angeles’ coffin.

  9. 00maltliquor - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    DJ Augustine!! And everyone left my boy for dead too!

    Oh, and RIP to basic stats. smdh

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