There are usually a handful of legitimate picks for Sixth Man of the Year. Last year’s J.R. Smith clearly deserved it, but he certainly doesn’t this year. Here’s a look at my top choices for Sixth Man. (All stats courtesy of NBA.com/stats)
1. Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili has been doing this sixth man business his entire career.
His stats, while impressive, are not completely eye opening. He is producing almost the same stats and minutes as last year except at a decently higher shooting percentage and free throw percentage.
His case comes most from what he does with the second unit, or whatever unit he is playing with on the floor. The man isn’t ranked fourth in PER (19.46) among the shooting guards for no reason.
The ball movement when he is on the court reaches a whole new level, and the San Antonio Spurs bench is leading the league in points at 44.4 and assists at 10.3. What Manu does in 23 minutes—some players struggle to do in 33 minutes (everyone is pointing at you, J.R. Smith.)