Jamal Crawford wins NBA Sixth Man Award

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The NBA just announced they have awarded Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford the Sixth Man trophy. It is the third time Crawford has won the award, the second time with the Clippers. He is the only man to win the award three times.

Two years ago when Crawford won the award he set the record for the oldest man to win the award and this year he breaks that record. He is 36 years old.

The main qualification for the award, “… players had to have come off the bench in more games than they started.”

From the press release:

“Crawford came off the bench in 74 of his 79 appearances and averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists in 26.9 minutes in all games, helping the Clippers (53-29) post their fourth straight 50-win season.  He recorded 33 games with 15 or more points off the bench, third most in the NBA behind the Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton (38) and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson (36).  As a starter, Crawford scored at least 30 points in four of five games.  Crawford also ranked second in the NBA in free throw percentage (90.4).

“A 16-year veteran, Crawford previously won the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award in 2009-2010 with the Atlanta Hawks and in 2013-14 with the Clippers.  When Crawford was honored for the first time as a Clipper, he joined Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf as the only two-time winners.  Crawford is the only player to win the award with multiple teams. ”

The Clippers are now in the first round of the NBA playoffs, facing off against the Portland Trail Blazers. In their first game, played Sunday Night, Crawford came in off the bench to score 13 points in 27 minutes, to help the Clippers win, 115-95.

For past winners of the Sixth Man Award, Click Here.

Photos by Claudia Gestro, who contributed to this article.