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Jamal Crawford Wins 6th Man, But Did He Deserve It?

       For the first time in the history of the National Basketball Association, there has been a three time winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award as Crawford also won as a member of the Atlanta Hawks in 2010 and a Clipper in 2014.

       Crawford ran away with the award, gaining 51 first place votes and 341 total points. Andre Iguodala finished in second with 33 first place votes and 288 total points, Enes Kanter notched 19 first place votes and 182 total points. Since joining Los Angeles in 2012-13, Crawford has finished in 2nd, 1st, 3rd and 1st on the 6th man ballot.

       Having come off the bench in 74 of his 79 appearances, Crawford averaged 14.2 points in 26.9 minutes of action, ranking third among players who spent more time coming off the bench behind Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets and Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans. Barton finished fourth in the voting, while Anderson was sixth.

       Of the 117 qualified players, Crawford finished the season with the fourth lowest field goal percentage, ahead of only Kobe Bryant, Wesley Matthews and Emmanuel Mudiay, just ahead of D'Angelo Russell. Cut that into just two point field goals, and Crawford improves to the seventh worse. Though he does ranked tied with Al Horford, Pau Gasol and Trevor Ariza at #77 in points per shot.

       Adjusted field goal percentage, Crawford ranks 105th out of 117. Advanced stats don't help Jamal, as he ranked tied for 306th in the box score +/- per 100 possessions according to Basketball Reference. 

       Even as a Clipper fan, I don't believe Jamal deserved it this time around, and in a year where no candidate stood out, it seemed like it was won purely on reputation. Andre Iguodala of the Warriors, Barton, Anderson and Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder were more deserving this year around.

       

       

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