NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award

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The National Basketball Association's Sixth Man of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the league's best performing player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (or sixth man). A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters from throughout the United States and Canada votes on the recipient.

Each judge casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. To be eligible for the award, a player must come off the bench in more games than he starts.[1] The 2008–09 winner, Jason Terry, averaged the most playing time of any sixth man in an award-winning season; he finished the year with an average of 33.7 minutes played per game with the Dallas Mavericks.[2]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 30 different players. The most recent recipient is Lou Williams. Jamal Crawford is the only three time winner of the award. Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce, Detlef Schrempf and Lou Williams have each won the award two times. Bobby Jones was the inaugural winner of the award for the 1982–83 NBA season. McHale and Bill Walton are the only Hall of Famers who have won the award; Walton, along with James Harden, are the only award winners to have earned NBA MVP honors in their careers.[3]

Manu Ginóbili, Detlef Schrempf, Leandro Barbosa, Toni Kukoč and Ben Gordon are the only award winners not born in the United States. Gordon was the first player to win the award as a rookie.[4] Of the five foreign-born winners, three were trained completely outside the U.S., namely Ginóbili, Barbosa and Kukoč. Schrempf played two years of high school basketball in Centralia, Washington before playing college basketball at Washington, and Gordon was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and went on to play in college at Connecticut.


Kevin McHale shooting over opponent.
Kevin McHale (middle) won the award twice and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jamal Crawford has won the award a record three times.
Manu Ginóbili at a training ground
Manu Ginóbili won the award in the 2007–08 NBA season.
Lamar Odom won the award in the 2010–11 NBA season.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the award
Season Player Position Nationality Team
1982–83 Bobby Jones Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1983–84 Kevin McHale* Forward  United States Boston Celtics
1984–85 Kevin McHale* (2) Forward  United States Boston Celtics (2)
1985–86 Bill Walton* Center  United States Boston Celtics (3)
1986–87 Ricky Pierce Guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks
1987–88 Roy Tarpley Forward/Center  United States Dallas Mavericks
1988–89 Eddie Johnson Forward  United States Phoenix Suns
1989–90 Ricky Pierce (2) Guard  United States Milwaukee Bucks (2)
1990–91 Detlef Schrempf Forward  Germany Indiana Pacers
1991–92 Detlef Schrempf (2) Forward  Germany Indiana Pacers (2)
1992–93 Cliff Robinson Forward/Center  United States Portland Trail Blazers
1993–94 Dell Curry Guard  United States Charlotte Hornets
1994–95 Anthony Mason Forward  United States New York Knicks
1995–96 Toni Kukoč Forward  Croatia Chicago Bulls
1996–97 John Starks Guard  United States New York Knicks (2)
1997–98 Danny Manning Forward  United States Phoenix Suns (2)
1998–99 Darrell Armstrong Guard  United States Orlando Magic
1999–00 Rodney Rogers Forward  United States Phoenix Suns (3)
2000–01 Aaron McKie Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
2001–02 Corliss Williamson Forward  United States Detroit Pistons
2002–03 Bobby Jackson Guard  United States Sacramento Kings
2003–04 Antawn Jamison Forward  United States Dallas Mavericks (2)
2004–05 Ben Gordon Guard  United States[a] Chicago Bulls (2)
2005–06 Mike Miller Forward/Guard  United States Memphis Grizzlies
2006–07 Leandro Barbosa Guard  Brazil Phoenix Suns (4)
2007–08 Manu Ginóbili Guard  Argentina San Antonio Spurs
2008–09 Jason Terry^ Guard  United States Dallas Mavericks (3)
2009–10 Jamal Crawford^ Guard  United States Atlanta Hawks
2010–11 Lamar Odom Forward  United States Los Angeles Lakers
2011–12 James Harden^ Guard  United States Oklahoma City Thunder
2012–13 J. R. Smith^ Guard  United States New York Knicks (3)
2013–14 Jamal Crawford^ (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers
2014–15 Lou Williams^ Guard  United States Toronto Raptors
2015–16 Jamal Crawford^ (3) Guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers (2)
2016–17 Eric Gordon^ Guard  United States Houston Rockets
2017–18 Lou Williams^ (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers (3)

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  1. ^ Ben Gordon holds both American and British citizenship as he was born in England but was raised in the United States.[5]


  1. ^ "Ginobili Wins 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year Award Presented by Kia Motors". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 21, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ "NBA & ABA Sixth Man of the Year Award Winners". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Most Valuable Player". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved June 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Gordon Wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award". Bulls. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 3, 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2008. 
  5. ^ "First Person: Ben Gordon, Bulls Guard". Sports Illustrated. November 13, 2006. Retrieved August 14, 2008.