Los Angeles Clippers’ guard, Jamal Crawford, was awarded with his third Sixth Man Award Tuesday April 19 according to the score
The qualifications to win this award is that the player has to play more games coming off the bench then they start. One player across all 30 teams will have to win votes from hundreds of sportswriters and broadcasters along with having the highest average of points, rebounds and assists to be awarded the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Crawford ,who is 36, is the oldest player to win this award. According to ESPN, Crawford averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists in the 79 games he played off the bench. He also ranked 2nd in free throw shooting percentage, shooting 90.4 percent.
“Crawford previously won the award in 2009-10 (Hawks) and 2013-14 (Clippers) as is the only player to win with multiple teams. Detlef Schrempf, Ricky Pierce and Kevin McHale, who each won the award twice, are the only other players to win it multiple times, “ reported ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Crawford lead the voting poll with 51 first place votes and 341 points from 130 sportswriters and broadcasters from the United States and Canada. Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors finished 2nd with 288 points. Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter placed third with 182 points.
During the 45 games that Blake Griffin missed Jamal Crawford was the third leading scorer with 15.6 points. “The constant threat of Crawford’s scoring ways was had everything to do with the Clippers’ ability to play so well without Griffin, whose fight with the team’s assistant equipment manager led to a fractured hand and his absence from Dec. 26 to March 31. They went 26-13 during that span, with Crawford averaging 15.6 points per game (third on the team during that time),” reported USAToday.com.