Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has been named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year… marking the third time he’s received the honor.
Crawford, who at 36 is the oldest player to win the award, averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists in 79 games this season, coming off the bench in 74 of those games.
He previously won the award in 2009-10 (with the Hawks) and 2013-14 (Clippers) and is the only player to win with multiple teams. Detlef Schrempf, Ricky Pierce and Kevin McHale, who each won the award twice, are the only other players to win it multiple times, reports ESPN.
Additionally this season, Crawford ranked second in the NBA in free throw percentage (90.4).
“I’ve never made an All-Star Game, but I’ve always had my peers’ and coaches’ respect around the league,” Crawford said this week. “So for me, at the end of the day, 10 years from now, 15 years from now, I’ll just wonder, ‘Will the new fan remember me? Will they remember what I did in the game?’
“Hopefully, it is in a positive nature, and hopefully, this is one of those things for the kids that are coming up that are 9 or 10 years old to say, ‘Hey, I don’t have to start. I can still have an impact on the bench.’ Obviously, starting is the cool thing, and everybody wants to do it. Hopefully, this can inspire a new generation of players.”
Crawford beat out Golden State’s Andre Iguodala and Oklahoma City’s Enes Kanter, who landed in second and third place, respectively.