NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award

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The National Basketball Association's Sixth Man of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the league's best performing player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (or sixth man). A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters from throughout the United States and Canada votes on the recipient.

Each judge casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. To be eligible for the award, a player must come off the bench in more games than he starts.[1]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 30 different players. The most recent recipient is Eric Gordon. Jamal Crawford is the only three time winner of the award. Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf have each won the award two times. Bobby Jones was the inaugural winner of the award for the 1982–83 NBA season. McHale and Bill Walton are the only Hall of Famers who have won the award; Walton is also the only award winner to have earned NBA MVP honors in their career.[2]

Manu Ginóbili, Detlef Schrempf, Leandro Barbosa, Toni Kukoč and Ben Gordon are the only award winners not born in the United States. Gordon was the first player to win the award as a rookie.[3] Of the five foreign-born winners, three were trained completely outside the U.S., namely Ginóbili, Barbosa and Kukoč. Schrempf played two years of high school basketball in Centralia, Washington before playing college basketball at Washington, and Gordon was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and went on to play in college at Connecticut.


Kevin McHale shooting over opponent.
Kevin McHale (middle) won the award twice and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jamal Crawford has won the award a record three times.
Manu Ginóbili at a training ground
Manu Ginóbili won the award in the 2007–08 NBA season.
Lamar Odom won the award in the 2010–11 NBA season.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the award
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1982–83 Jones, BobbyBobby Jones Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1983–84 McHale, KevinKevin McHale* Forward  United States Boston Celtics
1984–85 McHale, KevinKevin McHale* (2) Forward  United States Boston Celtics
1985–86 Walton, BillBill Walton* Center  United States Boston Celtics
1986–87 Pierce, RickyRicky Pierce Guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1987–88 Tarpley, RoyRoy Tarpley Forward/Center  United States Dallas Mavericks
1988–89 Johnson, EddieEddie Johnson Forward  United States Phoenix Suns
1989–90 Pierce, RickyRicky Pierce (2) Guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1990–91 Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf Forward  Germany Indiana Pacers
1991–92 Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf (2) Forward  Germany Indiana Pacers
1992–93 Robinson, CliffCliff Robinson Forward/Center  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1993–94 Curry, DellDell Curry Guard  United States Charlotte Hornets
1994–95 Mason, AnthonyAnthony Mason Forward  United States New York Knicks
1995–96 Kukoč, ToniToni Kukoč Forward  Croatia Chicago Bulls
1996–97 Starks, JohnJohn Starks Guard  United States New York Knicks
1997–98 Manning, DannyDanny Manning Forward  United States Phoenix Suns
1998–99 Armstrong, DarrellDarrell Armstrong Guard  United States Orlando Magic
1999–00 Rogers, RodneyRodney Rogers Forward  United States Phoenix Suns
2000–01 McKie, AaronAaron McKie Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers
2001–02 Williamson, CorlissCorliss Williamson Forward  United States Detroit Pistons
2002–03 Jackson, BobbyBobby Jackson Guard  United States Sacramento Kings
2003–04 Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison Forward  United States Dallas Mavericks
2004–05 Gordon, BenBen Gordon Guard  United States[a] Chicago Bulls
2005–06 Miller, MikeMike Miller^ Forward/Guard  United States Memphis Grizzlies
2006–07 Barbosa, LeandroLeandro Barbosa^ Guard  Brazil Phoenix Suns
2007–08 Ginóbili, ManuManu Ginóbili^ Guard  Argentina San Antonio Spurs
2008–09 Terry, JasonJason Terry^ Guard  United States Dallas Mavericks
2009–10 Crawford, JamalJamal Crawford^ Guard  United States Atlanta Hawks
2010–11 Odom, LamarLamar Odom Forward  United States Los Angeles Lakers
2011–12 Harden, JamesJames Harden^ Guard  United States Oklahoma City Thunder
2012–13 Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith^ Guard  United States New York Knicks
2013–14 Crawford, JamalJamal Crawford^ (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2014–15 Williams, LouLou Williams^ Guard  United States Toronto Raptors
2015–16 Crawford, JamalJamal Crawford^ (3) Guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2016–17 Gordon, EricEric Gordon^ Guard  United States Houston Rockets

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  1. ^ Ben Gordon holds both American and British citizenship as he was born in England but was raised in the United States.[4]


  1. ^ "Ginobili Wins 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year Award Presented by Kia Motors". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 21, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Most Valuable Player". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Gordon Wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award". Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2008. 
  4. ^ "First Person: Ben Gordon, Bulls Guard". Sports Illustrated. November 13, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2008.