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

Next2 of 7Prev
Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

J.R. Smith, New York Knicks

May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) reacts to losing to the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

While some may question is off-the-court antics, J.R. Smith is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, and while he might not win again in 2013-14, he is clearly a strong candidate.

Smith averaged the most of all players coming off the bench with 18.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting from the field. Though he does not necessarily represent offensive efficiency, Smith is one of the best offensive dynamos in the game. He instantly adds scoring and is perfect for a situation in which the Knicks either want to cement a lead or mount a comeback.

Next2 of 7Prev
Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

Tags: 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

  • 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.