Jamal Crawford wins 2014 NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Clippers guard wins best bench player, because, well, the voters like dudes who can score.
The NBA announced Thursday that Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has won Sixth Man of the Year for 2014. Here are the vote totals (first-place votes in parenthesis):
Jamal Crawford: 421 (57)
Taj Gibson: 395 (49)
Manu Ginobili: 138 (9)
Markieff Morris: 85 (4)
Reggie Jackson: 49 (1)
Vince Carter 12
D.J. Augustin: 6
Enes Kanter: 3
Dion Waiters: 3
Nick Young: 3
Chris Anderson: 2
Marco Belinelli: 2
Andray Blatche: 1
Tim Hardaway Jr.: 1
Patty Mills: 1
Timofey Mozgov: 1
Greivis Vasquez: 1
Mo Williams: 1
Crawford averaged 18.6 points per game this season, but shot just 41.6 percent from the field. This is the second season that the Sixth Man of the Year has finished with sub-44 percent shooting (J.R. Smith shot 42 percent last season).
The other big candidate was Taj Gibson, and in fairness, factoring 3-point shooting, Crawford had a 56.6 percent effective field goal percentage to Gibson's 47.9. But Gibson was a force defensively and produced points for a Bulls team for whom scoring points was like pulling teeth.
The award is Crawford's second Sixth Man of the Year, after he won in 2010 with Atlanta.
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