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Things get more personalized as the college name or hometown of the player is also given a mention. It is an honor for players who have paid their dues to not just make it onto an NBA roster, but to be part of the first '5' on a team.
The Sixth Man of the Year award has been an annual award in the NBA since 1983. The award is a prestigious one given to a player who is first coming off the bench and making a big impact for his team.
Should NBA Sixth men also be announced before games with the starting five? One more shout out in pre-game intros couldn't hurt.
How about a compromise? Former Sixth Men of the Year who still come off the bench get the shout out. Ben Gordon ('05), Mike Miller ('06), Leandro Barbosa ('07) and a few others get to tell everybody their hometown or university they attended every pre-game.
This year's crop of top 'sixth men' are mostly guards. Some are previous winners. Here is top 6 Sixth Men to battle for this year's award.
#1) Jamal Crawford-former award winner ('10), one of the slickest crossovers and back crossovers in the League. Partly responsible for why pundits are saying Clips have a chance to win it all this season.
#2) J.R. Smith-doing it in the limelight of NYC. Also, he is known for the occasional awesome slam dunk in addition to the killer 3's.
#3) Manu Ginobilii-former award winner ('08), still doing it after all these years for the Spurs. 12 points, 5 assists per game is pretty good, but its the whole package of what he does on the court. He's still a game-changer.
#4) Jarrett Jack-helping bring Golden State back to respectability. Great off the dribble to create own shot or assist for others.
#5) Kevin Martin-part of OKC machine that rarely lets up on the competition. He is solid contributor who is reliable from 3 point range and playing team ball.
#6 Ray Allen-greatest 3 point shooter of all-time is a threat from the bench. Teams have to adjust to the Heat again the moment he steps on the court.
Other notables are another former winner, Antawn Jamison ('04) of the Lakers, has been a somewhat stable part of an unstable LA crew. He'll need to do a lot more the second half of the season for consideration. Gordon Hayward of the Jazz could jump up on the list the Jazz make the playoffs.