Sixth Man Rankings: Reggie Jackson takes the lead

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question-markThe Sixth Man Award is a complicated one. Historically, the winner has been a super scorer who provides a needed offensive boost to a winning team.

But this season might be different. No top team has a true standout scorer off the bench who fits the mold of winners from seasons past.

The one exception could be Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Sure, New Orleans is only 9-9 and has been wildly inconsistent this season. Still, since Anderson’s return to the team, the Pelicans have gone 5-2 and looked very strong.

And with Anthony Davis out indefinitely, Anderson’s role will only increase. He is averaging 28.3 points in three December games – two wins – and has carried the Pelicans since Davis went down. He has started the past two games in place of Davis but likely will fall back to a bench role when The Brow returns.

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SH Blog: Rose refers to his doubters as fools, George Karl takes a jab at Anthony’s inability to win

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It’s been well documented that the New York Knicks are an awful team this season.

As it turns out, the Brooklyn Nets may be a notch worse than them after seeing the two teams duke it out on Thursday night. You know it’s bad when Andrea Bargnani is trash-talking to Kevin Garnett. Yes, that happened.

The Knicks embarrassed the Nets on their own floor by 30 points and showed that they are at least capable of playing some semblance of team basketball. The Nets? They may actually be more drunk on isolations than the Knicks, which is saying a lot.

To be fair, do the Nets have much of a choice in the matter? Tyshawn Taylor, who recently replaced Shaun Livingston as the starting point guard because Livingston was playing terribly, was replaced by Livingston in the second half of Thursday’s game because he’s that bad. Neither appear to be capable of creating anything for anyone, and there is no quick fix at the point guard position for this team until Deron Williams returns. Jason Kidd may as well suit up himself since he can at least knock down a 3-pointer or two for his currently-sorry team.

See below for plenty of news in New York and more:

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SH Blog: Melo misses J-Kidd; Kobe to return Friday vs. Kings?

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JeremyLinSH1When I lived in the US, I took both Thanksgiving and Black Friday off from just about everything except eating, sleeping, and watching TV. Even fun things like the internet and video games.

Now I live in Canada, so I don’t get to take either day off, but if you’re like me, only American, you could be forgiven for missing yesterday’s Sixth Man rankings.

Jeremy Lin out two weeks with knee sprain

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James Harden Jeremy LinHouston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, one of the NBA’s top reserves this season, is out at least two weeks with a knee injury.

According to the team, Lin has a Grade one sprain and contusion of his right knee suffered in Wednesday’s home win over the Atlanta Hawks. He will be sidelined two weeks before being re-evaluated.

It is not the same knee in which Lin had surgery to repair a meniscus tear during the 2012 offseason, when he left the New York Knicks and joined the Rockets.

Sixth Man Rankings: Lin Takes Top Spot

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JeremyLinSH1The guards are still surging in our latest Sixth Man Rankings.

After another week of Western Conference dominance, it makes sense that the top five candidates for Sixth Man are coming from West teams.

The role of sixth man continues to evolve from the longstanding “super scorer” stereotype into one better designed for all-around contributors.

Of the top five players in the rankings, only Jamal Crawford is considered a pure scorer. Three of the other candidates are in the top five in distributing.

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