As the season is evolving a bunch of star injuries have forced some role players, including potential sixth man of the year candidates, to step up and fill in for their teammates. Of course, almost any successful team around the league needs help from its bench. Let’s see which the top candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year award this season are.
Due to the injuries of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick during the season, Jamal Crawford was thrown into the starting lineup for a bunch of games up to now. Nonetheless, his role in the Los Angeles Clippers team continues to be the sixth man. Crawford is producing significant numbers coming off the bench. He is averaging 17.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds while he is also shooting 40.8 percent from the floor. He is arguably the one of the strongest favorites for the Sixth Man of the Year title this season.
After his struggles late in the 2012-2013 season and also during the playoffs, lots of people around the league believed that Manu Ginobili would never be the player he once was. Nonetheless, he proved his critics wrong. This season he has been very efficient for the San Antonio Spurs. He is putting up 12.6 points, 4.6 assists and also 3.5 rebounds per contest, while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and 36.6 percent from three-point range. We can fairly say that Ginobili has returned to his usual standards this season.
Although Reggie Jackson has become a solid starter during the absence of Russell Westbrook, he normally comes off the bench. The superstar duo of Kevin Durant and Westbrook have always needed a third wheel to get things clicking. It seems that they’ve now found it in Reggie Jackson. The 23-year old emerging star has exploded for 13.5 points, 3.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds this season while he is also shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from three-point range. Jackson has drastically improved his performance since last season.
Tyreke Evans is performing slightly lower that initially expected for the New Orleans Pelicans. But still, he is putting up significant performances and is one of the candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year award. Evans is averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, while shooting 41.0 percent from the floor. He can certainly improve his outputs and his overall contribution to the team. Nonetheless, he still has a shot to the Sixth Man of the Year award, especially if he manages to uplift his performance by the end of the season.
For a struggling team like the Los Angeles Lakers, any help off the bench would be valuable. The truth is Nick Young does much more than simply producing some numbers. The 28 year old guard is the leading scorer for the Lakers and he is also one of the most valuable player for Mike D’Antoni’s group this season.