NBA Sixth Man of Year Award
The new York Knicks may or may not win an NBA championship this season, but at least one of their key players got to enjoy an individual award.
Explosive scorer J.R. Smith is the winner of the 2012-13 NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced today. Smith, who came off the Knicks' bench in all 80 games in which he appeared, led all reserves in scoring, averaging 18.1 points. Additionally, Smith contributed 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.3 spg in 33.5 minutes per game to a Knicks squad that went 54-28 and earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Smith received 484 of a possible 1,084 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points (31 first-place votes). Jarrett Jack of the Golden State Warriors finished third with 170 points (14 first-place votes).
In order to be eligible for this award, players had to have come off the bench in more games than they started. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Smith, who led reserves in 30-point (seven) and 20-point games (29), became the first player with four 30-point games off bench in same month (March) since Ricky Pierce had four in November of 1990. He earned Player of the Week honors for games played March 25-31, leading the Knicks to a 4-0 record with averages of 29.8 points (second in the league), 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. In Smith’s 80 games, the Knicks enjoyed a +5.3 score differential with him on the court compared with +1.9 when he was on the bench.
2012-13 NBA SIXTH MAN AWARD VOTING TOTALS
J.R. Smith, Knicks, 72 first place votes, 39 second place, 7 third, 484 total points
Jamal Crawford, Clippers, 31 first place votes, 59 second place, 20 third, 353 total points
Jarrett Jack, Warriors, 14 first place votes, 15 second place, 55 third, 170 total points
Kevin Martin, Thunder, 2 first place votes, 3 second place, 12 third, 31 total points
Ryan Anderson, Hornets, 1 first place vote, 1 second place, 3 third place, 11 total points
Andre Miller, Nuggets, no first place vote, no second place, 7 third place, 7 total points
Also receiving votes: Jordan Crawford, Manu Ginobili, Carl Landry, Nate Robinson, Corey Brewer, Ramon Sessions, Shane Battier, Luke Babbitt, Gordon Hayward, Vince Carter, and J.J. Redick.
We figure the vote for Jordan Crawford was a mistake, and that somebody meant to register another vote for Jamal Crawford.
Following is the all-time list of winners:
ALL-TIME NBA SIXTH MAN AWARD WINNERS
1982-83 Bobby Jones, Philadelphia 76ers
1983-84 Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
1984-85 Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
1985-86 Bill Walton, Boston Celtics
1986-87 Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee Bucks
1987-88 Roy Tarpley, Dallas Mavericks
1988-89 Eddie Johnson, Phoenix Suns
1989-90 Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee Bucks
1990-91 Detlef Schrempf, Indiana Pacers
1991-92 Detlef Schrempf, Indiana Pacers
1992-93 Clifford Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers
1993-94 Dell Curry, Charlotte Hornets
1994-95 Anthony Mason, New York Knicks
1995-96 Toni Kukoc, Chicago Bulls
1996-97 John Starks, New York Knicks
1997-98 Danny Manning, Phoenix Suns
1998-99 Darrell Armstrong, Orlando Magic
1999-00 Rodney Rogers, Phoenix Suns
2000-01 Aaron McKie, Philadelphia 76ers
2001-02 Corliss Williamson, Detroit Pistons
2002-03 Bobby Jackson, Sacramento Kings
2003-04 Antawn Jamison, Dallas Mavericks
2004-05 Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls
2005-06 Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
2006-07 Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns
2007-08 Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
2008-09 Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks
2009-10 Jamal Crawford, Atlanta Hawks
2010-11 Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers
2011-12 James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 J.R. Smith, New York Knicks