For a record third time in his career, Jamal Crawford has reportedly been named Sixth Man of the Year in the NBA. It’s one of the strangest honors the league bestows, considering many players are disqualified if they’re good enough to win a starting job (see: Hassan Whiteside). It’s tough enough to avoid relying too much on the box score for most awards, but 6MOY almost always seems to go to the best scorer not in a starting lineup — hence Crawford’s dominance in the category.
Don’t get us wrong; Crawford is a valuable player as the only reliable source of offense on the Los Angeles Clippers’ thin second unit. The problem is, he often gives back as many points on defense as he gets on offense. He’s really good, it’s just that there are more deserving candidates, is what we’re saying. Let’s meet them!