The Sixth Man of the Year award is yet another award given after the regular season. This award goes to a player who is the first player off the bench, and in that time, they impact the game.
The Sixth Man gives the team an extra boost, especially when it is needed the most. Although their minutes are limited, they make the best of their time. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant started his career as a sixth man for the Lakers, and in 1997-98, he came in second for Sixth Man of the Year.
Danny Manning of the Phoenix Suns won, although Bryant was arguably robbed of the award. The Sixth Man of the Year award is a special award, and while it doesn’t receive the recognition of the MVP and Rookie of the Year, a great team needs a solid sixth man.
Here are the top sixth players.
1.) Tyler Herro has stepped up this season. He’s averaging 20.3 points in the 25 games he’s played, and in most of those games, he came off the bench. Herro is a sharpshooter that is shooting 38.2 percent from 3-point range.
Herro also has a good chance at winning Most Improved Player, but if nothing else, he’s one of the front runners for Sixth Man of the Year. And if he wins, he’ll be the first guard to win by averaging 20 or more since Lou Williams in 2018 and 2019.
The young Miami Heat guard has a good chance at winning, even with a quad injury forcing him to miss his past few games. But if he continues to play at this level, the award is his to lose.
2.) Montrezl Harrell isn’t a stranger to this award. He won in 2019-20, beating his Clippers’ teammate Lou Williams to win. Harrell has a chance to add another Sixth Man of the Year under his belt, and it’s rightfully so.
This season, Harrell is averaging 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds (a career-high). Harrell is a veteran that is helping a young Wizards team become a legitimate playoff team. Harrell is doing well in his first season with the Wizards. Since his arrival over the summer (from a trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Lakers), he’s made an impact on the team, and come playoff time, his experience will be crucial.
3.) Jordan Clarkson is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 18.4 points last season, and this season, he averages 15.0 points. Clarkson is in his third year with the Jazz, and no matter where he goes, he helps a team off the bench.
During his stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Clarkson typically came off the bench. And his knack for scoring would always come in handy.
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year has some competition this year, but if he stays consistent, he has a chance of winning. The award races have been exciting this year, and as we can see, the Sixth Man won’t be an exception.