Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has won the NBA's Sixth Man Award, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported on Wednesday, citing league sources.
The NBA has postponed all award announcements in light of the Donald Sterling controversy, so the league is expected to announce this next week, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.
The award has been given annually to the league's top bench player since the 1982-83 season. Crawford also won the award in 2009-10 for the Hawks, and he is the first Clippers player to take the honor. J.R. Smith of the Knicks won last season.
The 34-year-old is a 14-year veteran of six different teams — the Bulls, Knicks, Warriors, Hawks, Trail Blazers and Clippers — who has started 423 of his 957 career regular-season games and none of his 34 career postseason games.
He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists for the Clippers this season in 69 games (24 starts) and averaged 30.3 minutes per game. In the last four seasons, Crawford played 291 games with only six starts, including zero last year — his first with the Clippers.
A first-round pick in 2000 out of Michigan, Crawford is the fourth player to win the award twice, joining Kevin McHale (who won back-to-back awards for the Celtics in 1983-84 and 1984-85), Ricky Pierce of the Bucks (1986-87, 1989-90) and Detlef Schrempf, who went back-to-back for the Pacers in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
By the way, league source says all @NBA awards were postponed this week because of Sterling controversy. Will resume next week. — gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) April 29, 2014