Timberwolves' Naz Reid Wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year in Nail-Biting Race

Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid
Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid was named the 2023–24 NBA Sixth Man of the Year on Wednesday, edging out Malik Monk of the Sacramento Kings in what was a close race for the award.

Reid tallied 45 first-place votes and secured a total of 352 points, enough to beat out Monk who had 342 points, including 43 first-place votes. In third place was Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis Jr., who trailed well behind with 81 total points.

Norman Powell of the Los Angeles Clippers (65 points) received two first-place votes, while Atlanta Hawks' sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanović (40 points) received four first-place nods.

Reid had a career year for the T-Wolves, posting averages of 13.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting at a 47.7% clip from the field. The 24-year-old made 81 appearances for Minnesota, including 14 starts, and averaged 24.2 minutes per game. He becomes the first player in Timberwolves' franchise history to win Sixth Man of the Year.

As for Monk, he averaged a career-high 15.4 points to go with 5.1 assists and drained 2.1 threes per game at a 35% clip. He didn't make a single start across 72 appearances.


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