№21: The 32 winners of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award

June 3, 2021

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The focus of this week’s Stats Spotlight is on the award that is given to the league’s top reserve at the end of every regular season since the 1982-1983 season—The National Basketball Association Sixth Man of the Year Award.

After the Philadelphia 76ers forward Bobby Jones took home the inaugural award in 1982-1983, there have been a total of 32 recipients (to date)—5 of whom have won the award at least twice in their career. For more on this award, check out the Stats Spotlight section below.

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Welcome to Stats Spotlight! Inspired by the writings of the late Zander Hollander (Sportswriter, archivist, and author of the ever informative The Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball), I decided to put my 30 years of basketball knowledge to some use and come up with a short, free flowing, and non-linear/viewpoint narrative on the featured player, team, hobby, or statistical insight.

The 32 recipients of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award

Legend:

  • - Denotes active player.

  • ⍿ - Denotes Inductee/Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • (#) - Denotes number of times the player has won the Maurice Podoloff Trophy.

Notable Notes:

  1. Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams have each won the award three times in their respective careers. While Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce, and Detlef Schrempf have won it twice.

  2. By the end of the 2012-2013 season, the Los Angeles Clippers were one of 12 teams to not have any of their players win a Sixth Man of the Year award. Since then, the Clippers have risen to the top of the list with 5. Jamal Crawford winning twice in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016, Lou Williams winning in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, and forward-center Montrezl Harrell coming through in 2019-2020.

  3. As of 2020-2021, 8 teams are still without a Sixth Man of the Year awardee: The Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards.

  4. The Boston Celtics Kevin McHale, Indiana Pacers Detlef Schrempf, and Los Angeles Clippers Lou Williams are the only players to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award on back-to-back seasons.

32) 2020-2021 - Jordan Clarkson

31) 2019-2020 - Montrezl Harrell

30) 2016-2017 - Eric Gordon

29) 2014-2015 | 2017-2018 | 2018-2019 - Lou Williams (3)

28) 2012-2013 - J.R. Smith

27) 2011-2012 - James Harden

26) 2010-2011 - Lamar Odom

25) 2009-2010 | 2013-2014 | 2015-2016 - Jamal Crawford (3)

24) 2008-2009 - Jason Terry

23) 2007-2008 - Manu Ginóbili

22) 2006-2007 - Leandro Barbosa

21) 2005-2006 - Mike Miller

20) 2004-2005 - Ben Gordon

19) 2003-2004 - Antawn Jamison

18) 2002-2003 - Bobby Jackson

17) 2001-2002 - Corliss Williamson

16) 2000-2001 - Aaron McKie

15) 1999-2000 - Rodney Rogers - (1996-1997 Skybox Premium Autographics)

14) 1998-1999 - Darrell Armstrong

13) 1997-1998 - Danny Manning - (2019-2020 Panini Encased Endorsements #EN-DMG [1/10])

12) 1996-1997 - John Starks - (1997-1998 Skybox Premium Autographics)

11) 1995-1996 - Toni Kukoč ⍿ - (2019-20 Panini National Treasures - Peerless Signatures #PS-TKC [33/99])

10) 1994-1995 - Anthony Mason (†) - (2013-2014 Panini Court Kings Basketball Autos #5 [085/399])

9) 1993-1994 - Dell Curry

8) 1992-1993 - Clifford Robinson (†) - (2018-2019 Panini Encased Scripted Signatures #SC-CRB [3/3])

7) 1990-1991 | 1991-1992 - Detlef Schrempf (2)

6) 1988-1989 - Eddie Johnson

5) 1987-1988 - Roy Tarpley

4) 1986-1987 | 1989-1990 - Ricky Pierce (2)

3) 1985-1986 - Bill Walton - (1999-2000 Upper Deck Legendary Signatures #BW)

2) 1983-1984 | 1984-1985 - Kevin McHale (2) - (2011-2012 Panini Private Signings [PS-KMC])

1) 1982-1983 - Bobby Jones


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