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.