One 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.
2013-14 KIA NBA SIXTH MAN AWARD VOTING
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