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San Antonio Spurs Midseason Awards: Sixth Man of the Year

SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 4: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on February 4, 2019 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 4: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on February 4, 2019 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs have leaned on Patty Mills to provide a spark off the bench for years now, and he’s continued to fill that role admirably this season.

The San Antonio Spurs have gone through an unprecedented amount of roster turnover over the past couple of years, but Patty Mills has remained both constant and consistent.

Mills knew he would have to play an even larger role this season with San Antonio’s injury issues at the point guard position.

With Dejounte Murray out for the season with a torn ACL and Derrick White battling heel issues multiple times this year, Mills has had to play significant minutes all year long.

Patty has been the same player that he’s been during most of his time with the Spurs.

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He’s provided a dangerous three-point shot hitting 40.8% of his attempts from deep and Mills has been a solid playmaker dishing 3.1 assists per game. He’s also gone through his usual defensive struggles ranking 90th out of 98 qualified point guards in defensive real plus-minus.

However, Patty’s intangibles have been more important than ever as the Spurs have introduced a ton of new faces into the fold this year and have gone through more struggles than teams of years past.

His on-court production is certainly valuable, but Mills’ unmatched energy and steady leadership are the reason why he’s been the Spurs’ most important bench player this season on one of the best second units in the league.

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Check out who took home our other Midseason Awards:

Most Valuable Player

Most Improved Player

Best Shooter

Best Passer

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