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Clippers’ Jamal Crawford awarded NBA Sixth Man of the Year in close vote

May 8, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

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Jamal Crawford can flat out fill up the bucket — when he came in off the bench this season the Clippers’ offense, already the best in the NBA, didn’t lose a beat. Crawford averaged 18.6 points a game and the Clippers outscored opponents by 6.1 points per 100 possessions when he was on the court.

That was enough to win Crawford the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. This had been expected and is well deserved.

Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls finished a relatively close second in the voting (26 points back), Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs finished third.

This is Crawford’s second Sixth Man of the Year award, he won in the 2009-10 season as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. Crawford is only the fourth two-time winner of the award joining Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf.

Crawford came in off the bench for the Clippers in 45 of the 69 games in which he played, and he brought with him the ability to create his own shot and knock down the jumper (36 percent from three). He provided another level of depth to what was statistically the best offense in the NBA this season.

Here is the voting on the award, with their point totals (first place votes in parenthesis).

Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers (57) 421
Taj Gibson, Chicago (49) 395
Manu Ginobili , San Antonio (9) 138
Markieff Morris, Phoenix (5) 85
Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City (4) 49
Vince Carter, Dallas (1)12
D.J. Augustin, Chicago 6
Enes Kanter, Utah 3
Dion Waiters, Cleveland 3
Nick Young, L.A. Lakers 3
Chris Andersen, Miami 2
Marco Belinelli, San Antonio 2
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn 1
Tim Hardaway Jr., New York 1
Patty Mills, San Antonio 1
Timofey Mozgov, Denver 1
Greivis Vasquez, Toronto 1
Mo Williams, Portland 1

To answer your question, Enes Kanter got one second place vote, it came from Jason Kosmicki, the radio voice of the Denver Nuggets. Vince Carter’s first place vote came from Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. You can see all the votes here.

  1. calkinsrob - May 8, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Crawford started over 1/3 of the clippers games this season. Taj should have won it.

    • calkinsrob - May 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      I need to rephrase that, he started in 1/3 of the games he played in – 24 of 69.

    • antistratfordian - May 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      That’s okay though – that’s the mark of a great 6th man. Aaron McKie won the award once because he started a bunch of games for the Sixers.

      • abchome - May 9, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        Yes. 6th man is not equal backup. Ability to start when necessary is a virtue of good 6th man.

  2. cj1403 - May 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    @calkinsrob He started less than 1/3 of the games he played in. Learn some math!

    • calkinsrob - May 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      He started 24 games of the 69 he played in. 24/69 is roughly 35% lol.

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/crawfja01.html

  3. sdelmonte - May 8, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Why doesn’t the NBA emulate the other sports and give its awards after the season, and as part of a big event?

    • antistratfordian - May 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      I like how the NBA does it, actually.

  4. duhwighthoward - May 8, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Much-deserved. Go Jamal, school those floppin’ Thunder tomorrow!

    ps, I like how so many starters got votes!
    Kanter, Belineli, Waiters, including Jamal!

  5. jimeejohnson - May 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    J.R. Smith might have won again but he was dabbin’ some Kush AND he’s on the Knicks and they suck.

  6. jerdogthompson - May 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Well deserved award for jamal crossover, too bad his shot wasn’t falling last night. Every time the Clippers got close that OKC crowd got uber nervous, as if to say, ahhh jeez do we have to take another beat down like game one?

    #InDocwetrust

  7. antistratfordian - May 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Way to go, Jamal!

  8. reastnt - May 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Happy for him – he’s a quality man.

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