Continuing along, we have our top candidates for the 6th Man of the Year award and where they stand overall compared to the rest of the field.
3.Montrezl Harrell, Forward, Los Angeles Clippers
16.1 ppg 7 rpf 1.1 apg 1.0 spg 1.6 bpg shooting 64.6/0/62.9
I’ve discussed Harrell’s production earlier on in this series of awards for his candidacy for MIP. While he’s most certainly a contender there, he’s even a contender for 6th man honors. The Clippers hold the highest mark in the league in bench points (53.1) and Harrell is a huge part of that. He provides energy and it stands out when you look at his hustle stats. He leads the team in charges drawn, 2 point shots contested, 3 point shots contested, loose balls recovered, and is second in screen assists. He does all of the dirty work and he’s a bull off of the Clipper’s bench. He’d be a bit higher on this list if it weren’t for one of his teammates.
2.Lou Williams, Guard, Los Angeles Clippers
17.6 ppg 2.5 rpg 4.5 apg 0.6 spg shooting 39.5/33.7/94.6
No stranger to this award, the 2x 6th Man of the Year award winner is back in the mix and alongside Harrell, is revitalizing the Clippers. He’s done what he’s done his whole career, which is put the basketball in the hoop from anywhere on the court. He did it last year in his first season as a Clipper and took this same award home. He leads the league in bench scoring at 17.6 per night and he’s what makes the Clipper’s offense go. He also is facilitating at a high level posting the 8th highest mark in the league for assists per game among bench players. He’s been a staple in the discussion of who should win this award year in and year out, and this year is no different.
1.Derrick Rose, Guard, Minnesota Timberwolves
18.3 ppg 3.0 rpg 4.3 apg 0.5 spg shooting 50/47.5/83.6
Everyone knows the story by now on D-Rose. MVP Season, devastating injury, poor play post-injury, and now 6th man phenom in Minnesota. He scored 50 points in a game earlier on in the year and he’s been cooking ever since. While he might disqualify himself from 6th man contention if he continues to start, for now Derrick is the frontrunner and has been a catalyst in the success of the Timberwolves. The most impressive thing Rose has done this season is shoot the ball, not only from mid-range, but from three. He’s been a solid 43.9% shooter from mid-range and his three pointer is at 47.5%, For a career 30.7% shooter and someone who hasn’t eclipsed the 30% mark since 2014, it’s quite remarkable how he’s kept this up. He could join the elite duo of James Harden and Bill Walton as the only players ever to win a league MVP award and a 6th man award in their careers.
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