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

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Jarrett Jack, Cleveland Cavaliers

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) acknowledges the crowd after game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For Warriors fans, seeing Jack wearing anything but the gold and blue might hurt.

Arguably the best backup point guard in the league, Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists while coming off the bench for the Warriors. Jack is a great dribble penetrator and also has a low assist-to-turnover rate. His veteran experience will fit perfectly with a younger team like Cavaliers, especially if they make the playoffs when both Jack’s game and leaderships ascend to another level.

Jack will likely see a lot of minutes given Kyrie Irving’s injury-prone nature, and he will be the perfect leader for the Cavaliers in his absence. Jack finished third in the Sixth Man of the Year voting in 2012-13, and if he keeps up his play, his spot can only go up.

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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.