has been a valuable scorer for the Clippers
off the bench. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will soon be announced as the 2014 Sixth Man of the Year, according to ESPN.com.
Crawford, 34, won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2010 as a member of the Hawks. A second win would tie him for the most in the award's history, as Crawford would join Kevin McHale, Detlef Schrempf and Ricky Pierce as the only two-time winners.
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The race for the Sixth Man of the Year award featured a wide variety of productive reserves this season, from defensive ace Taj Gibson to gunslinging playmaker Manu Ginobili. Crawford, though, led all regular reserves in points per game (18.6) this season -- a criterion that award voters tend to weigh heavily in casting their ballots. That the Clippers were winners of 57 games also likely helped Crawford's cause, given that his bulk scoring contributions worked to the benefit of a contending team.
Interestingly, Crawford actually started more than a third of his games for Los Angeles this season as a result of various injuries. His primary role was still that of a reserve, though in the last 15 years only three players (Lamar Odom, Bobby Jackson and Aaron McKie) have won the Sixth Man of the Year award while starting a greater percentage of their games played. Crawford is still eligible in that he came off the bench in more games (45) than he started (24), though circumstances with the team dictated that he not come off the bench exclusively this season.
As reported by the Boston Globe
, the NBA has elected to delay its remaining award announcements due to the more pressing issue of managing the Donald Sterling controversy. In addition to the Sixth Man of the Year award, no formal announcements have been made regarding Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Executive of the Year or the All-NBA teams.