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

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Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers

Apr 25, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford (11) brings the ball up court against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Jamal Crawford shares many of the same qualities as J.R. Smith and narrowly lost the 2012-13 Sixth Man of the Year award to him.

The Clippers have already established an extremely strong bench rotation for their guards, and if J.J. Redick gets a starting spot, Crawford is another shoo-in for the 2013-14 award.

Crawford averaged 16.5 points on 43.8 shooting from the field on an impressive 37.6 from the three-point line. While he and Smith don’t always pick the best shots, they know how to get an offense rolling and can be the perfect remedy to a scoring slump or a run-stopper against the other team.

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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.