NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award
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. The 2008–09 winner, Jason Terry, averaged the most playing time of any sixth man in an award-winning season; he finished the year with an average of 33.7 minutes played per game with the Dallas Mavericks.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 30 different players. The most recent recipient is Lou Williams. Jamal Crawford is the only three time winner of the award. Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce, Detlef Schrempf and Lou Williams 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, along with James Harden, are the only award winners to have earned NBA MVP honors in their careers.
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. 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.
|^||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|
|1982–83||Bobby Jones||Forward||United States||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1983–84||Kevin McHale*||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics|
|1984–85||Kevin McHale* (2)||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics (2)|
|1985–86||Bill Walton*||Center||United States||Boston Celtics (3)|
|1986–87||Ricky Pierce||Guard||United States||Milwaukee Bucks|
|1987–88||Roy Tarpley||Forward/Center||United States||Dallas Mavericks|
|1988–89||Eddie Johnson||Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns|
|1989–90||Ricky Pierce (2)||Guard||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (2)|
|1990–91||Detlef Schrempf||Forward||Germany||Indiana Pacers|
|1991–92||Detlef Schrempf (2)||Forward||Germany||Indiana Pacers (2)|
|1992–93||Cliff Robinson||Forward/Center||United States||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1993–94||Dell Curry||Guard||United States||Charlotte Hornets|
|1994–95||Anthony Mason||Forward||United States||New York Knicks|
|1995–96||Toni Kukoč||Forward||Croatia||Chicago Bulls|
|1996–97||John Starks||Guard||United States||New York Knicks (2)|
|1997–98||Danny Manning||Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns (2)|
|1998–99||Darrell Armstrong||Guard||United States||Orlando Magic|
|1999–00||Rodney Rogers||Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns (3)|
|2000–01||Aaron McKie||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers (2)|
|2001–02||Corliss Williamson||Forward||United States||Detroit Pistons|
|2002–03||Bobby Jackson||Guard||United States||Sacramento Kings|
|2003–04||Antawn Jamison||Forward||United States||Dallas Mavericks (2)|
|2004–05||Ben Gordon||Guard||United States[a]||Chicago Bulls (2)|
|2005–06||Mike Miller||Forward/Guard||United States||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2006–07||Leandro Barbosa||Guard||Brazil||Phoenix Suns (4)|
|2007–08||Manu Ginóbili||Guard||Argentina||San Antonio Spurs|
|2008–09||Jason Terry^||Guard||United States||Dallas Mavericks (3)|
|2009–10||Jamal Crawford^||Guard||United States||Atlanta Hawks|
|2010–11||Lamar Odom||Forward||United States||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2011–12||James Harden^||Guard||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2012–13||J. R. Smith^||Guard||United States||New York Knicks (3)|
|2013–14||Jamal Crawford^ (2)||Guard||United States||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2014–15||Lou Williams^||Guard||United States||Toronto Raptors|
|2015–16||Jamal Crawford^ (3)||Guard||United States||Los Angeles Clippers (2)|
|2016–17||Eric Gordon^||Guard||United States||Houston Rockets|
|2017–18||Lou Williams^ (2)||Guard||United States||Los Angeles Clippers (3)|
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- "First Person: Ben Gordon, Bulls Guard". Sports Illustrated. November 13, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2008.