Not surprisingly, Jamal Crawford wins Sixth Man award

Jamal CrawfordOne of the consequences of the Donald Sterling scandal was that it delayed the official announcement of the Sixth Man Award winner.

As the racism controversy was at its peak, the NBA postponed plans to present the award to Jamal Crawford, but news of the delay was reported far and wide.

Today, there is enough calm in El Lay to finally make things official. Congratulations, J.Crossover.

Crawford came off the bench in 45 of the 69 games in which he appeared and led all NBA reserves in scoring, averaging 18.6 points. Additionally, Crawford averaged 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds for the Clippers, who went a franchise-best 57-25 and secured the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Crawford also won the award in 2010 while with the Atlanta Hawks. He joins Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf as two-time winners and becomes the first player to win the award with different teams.

Crawford received 57 first-place votes – including mine – and 421 total points from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters to edge forward Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls, who had 395 points (49 first-place votes). Former winner Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs was third with 138 points (nine first-place votes).

I had Crawford first, Gibson second and Markieff Morris of Phoenix third.


In order to be eligible for this award, players have to come off the bench in more games than they start. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three for each second-place vote and one for each third-place vote.

Crawford scored in double figures in 15 of 16 January games, when the Clippers went 12-4. On Jan. 25, Crawford poured in 37 points and handed out 11 assists in a 126-118 win over Toronto. For the season, he posted 20-plus points 29 times and 30-plus points six times. The Clippers were 31-14 (.689) when Crawford came off the bench.

Following are the balloting results.





Player                      Team              1st Place   2nd Place    3rd Place

Jamal Crawford       L.A. Clippers           57                       41                          13

Taj Gibson                Chicago                    49                       45                          15

Manu Ginobili          San Antonio             9                         20                          33

Markieff Morris       Phoenix                    5                         10                          30

Reggie Jackson        Oklahoma City         4                         4                            17

Vince Carter             Dallas                       1                         1                            4

D.J. Augustin           Chicago                    —                         2                            —

Enes Kanter             Utah                         —                         1                            —

Dion Waiters            Cleveland                 —                         1                            —

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




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    Felt Gibson should have won. I enjoy watching Crawford playing but guys who play defense seem to be underappreciated in all the award voting.

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