NBA: 5 Sixth Man of the Year Candidates For 2013-14

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May 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) controls the ball during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixth Man of the Year award is the only accolade for an otherwise thankless position. A sixth man will never get on the cover of a video game, a box of cereal or a billboard. Kids in pickup games will never talk about who will be J.R. Smith and who will be Jarrett Jack. Their jerseys are not the ones that are bought en masse nor are they the ones that receive the VIP treatment at the clubs.

Despite all of this, however, the sixth man’s contribution is arguably one of the most important of anyone on the team. Despite what their title may suggest, a sixth man’s performance should not be considered any lesser in value than the five starters and finding a player who is capable in that position is the difference between good and great NBA teams.

Let’s take a look at five candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year candidates.

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Topics: Carl Landry, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes, J.R. Smith, Jamal Crawford, Jarrett Jack, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA Free Agency, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings

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  • RJS77

    Barnes should not be on this list because he may start just as often as he comes off the bench this year. Iguodala’s primary position is shooting guard while Barnes primarily plays small forward.

    By the way, who cares if Thompson, Barnes or Iguodala starts? All three will get their share of minutes. With all of the highly skilled and versatile players on this team, Jackson will strategize different starting and finishing lineups to best match up against each opponent. One of the tremendous advantages of this Warrior’s team is versatility. Curry and Douglas play 1-2, Barnes – Iguodala: 1 + 2 & 3, Thompson: 2 & 3, Green 3 & 4, Lee – Ezeli – Speights – O’Neal: 4&5.

    • Dhara Taheripour

      I agree with everything about the versatility of the team but I would put Barnes as more of a 3 & 4 than 2 & 3. I would also argue that Iguodala is at heart a swingman, meaning that he can fit in both the 2 and 3. As long as Barnes comes off the bench more than he starts, he will be eligible for this award and I certainly see that happening.