Now it’s time to look at the guys you can’t believe aren’t starters as we set the odds for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.
The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award has honored a smorgasbord of players over the years. Celtics legend Kevin McHale won twice, good but not great players like Detlef Schrempf and Ricky Pierce are two-time winners, one-dimensional guys like Dell Curry and Mike Miller have had their time with the trophy, and future stars like Manu Ginobili and James Harden have been victorious.
Who will earn the award this year? Let’s take a look at the top candidates and their credentials. (Or scroll to the bottom if you just want the numbers.)
2015 Sixth Man of the Year Odds:
Lou Williams (Toronto Raptors): 9/2
Toronto’s Lou Williams has played more than 600 games in the NBA and started only 54 of them. He’s averaging a career high 15.2 PPG this year and knocking home a personal best 1.8 three-pointers per contest. The Raptors are a lock to make the playoffs and may host a first round series and Williams was a key piece to the Raptors’ success when DeMar DeRozan was sidelined. He’s third on Toronto in scoring and is a modest 9/2 co-favorite to win the award.
Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics): 9/2
Traded from the Suns to Celtics in late February, Isaiah Thomas has improved what was already a very good season since moving to Boston. With Phoenix, Thomas came off the bench in 45 of 46 games – which automatically makes him eligible for the award – and tallied more than 15 points a contest while handing out nearly four assists per game. In a C’s uniform, Thomas is scoring over 21 points per game and averaging nearly 5.5 assists. Boston is 9-4 since Thomas arrived. He is also 9/2 to win the Sixth Man of the Year.
Marreese Speights (Golden State Warriors): 10/1
On a team with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala (whoo, deep breath), it’s easy to forget about Marreese Speights. In his second season with Golden State, the big man from Florida has become an impact reserve. He’s fourth on the team in scoring at more than 11.5 PPG and contributes 4.5 rebounds a night. He’s shooting a shade under 50-percent from the field and, by the way, his team has the best record in the league. Six times this season he has scored 20 points or more in a game, and he was huge (literally and figuratively) for the team when big-men Bogut and Lee were on the shelf. He’s 10-1 to take the trophy.
Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers): 15/1
In 2009-2010, Jamal Crawford won the Sixth Man of the Year while playing for Atlanta. He earned his second distinction last season with the Clippers. This year, Crawford is scoring over 16 points a game, third on LA, and the Clippers are once again playoff bound. However, his scoring average is down by about one field goal per contest and his shooting percentage both inside and outside the arc has fallen. He’s 15-1 to become the first three time recipient of the hardware.
Full 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds:
- Lou Williams (Toronto Raptors): 9/2
- Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics): 9/2
- Marreese Speights (Golden State Warriors): 10/1
- Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers): 15/1
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