Sixth man of the year: Are they really sixth men?


Unfortunately neither Louis Williams nor Thaddeus Young won the Sixth man of the year award. That means no Sixer has won the award since Aaron Mckie in 2001. Thaddeus Young who averaged 12.7 PPG (0.541 FG%) 5.3 RPG and 1.1 SPG finished third in the Sixth man of the year race. Louis Williams averaged 13.7 PPG (.402 FG%) , 3.4 APG and shot 82% from the free throw line  finished sixth in the Sixth man of the year race.  Lamar Odom won the Sixth man of the year award, however he played starters minute all season averaging about 35 minutes a game and he started in 35 games this season. Every person in the top six in voting (besides Thad Young and Lou Will) played starters minutes (25 or more minutes or playing more minutes than the actual starter).

 So that raises the question, are they really sixth men? Or are they starters who just do not get announced as such, I think this award is meaningless if a person plays as many minutes as an average starter in the NBA. The award should only go to true sixth men players, the players that average 25 minutes a game and plays mostly with the 2nd team; the player who brings a spark to the team and gives the starters more motivation to finish out the game.

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