Jamal Crawford Wins 2013-14 NBA Sixth Man Award

Posted: May 8 2014, 7:55pm CDT | by , in Latest Sports News


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Jamal Crawford Wins 2013-14 NBA Sixth Man Award
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Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford won the 2013-14 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on May 8.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford won the 2013-14 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on May 8.

The Clippers issued a press release on their official website:

"Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is the winner of the 2013-14 NBA Sixth Man Award as the league's best player in a reserve role, the National Basketball Association announced today.

"Crawford, who also won the award in 2009-10 while with the Atlanta Hawks, joins Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf as two-time winners.

"He is also the first player in NBA history to win the award for two separate teams and at 34 is the oldest player ever to receive the honor."

The Los Angeles Times' Chuck Schilken reports Crawford amassed 57 first-place votes for a total of 421 points, ahead of Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson's 395. The San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili finished third with 138 points.

Rounding up the Top 10 are the Phoenix Suns' Morris Markieff (85 points), the Oklahoma City Thunder's Reggie Jackson (49 points), the Dallas Mavericks' Vince Carter (12 points), the Bulls' D.J. Augustin (six points), the Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter (three points), the Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (three points) and the Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young (three points).

The Clippers' website adds more details regarding the criteria for the award.

"In order to be eligible for this award, players were required 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 first-place vote."

Crawford emphasized the Clippers' family atmosphere in his acceptance speech at the team's practice facility, per The Associated Press' Beth Harris (via The Los Angeles Daily News).

"It's pretty cool.

"I didn't know what a family was on the court until I got with these guys. I've been on a lot of teams and usually guys, they go their own way.

"But with us, everybody is included, everybody is a part. They make everybody feel like family."

Clippers coach Doc Rivers told The Associated Press (via ESPN) last week when news of Crawford winning the award broke out he feels his sixth man is perfectly suited to his role.

"I actually think he won it because I think voters saw him doing other things for the team -- playing defense, running the team at the point guard position when Chris Pau was out at times.

"He's been the perfect utility player for a team. He's been awesome."

Crawford led all NBA reserves with an 18.6 points-per-game scoring average in 2013-14, per Harris. In the 45 games he came off the bench for the Clippers, the team went 31-14.

In addition, Crawford also established the franchise's regular-season record with 161 three-pointers.

Rivers told Harris that Crawford's scoring prowess as a sixth man is truly something special.

"He can score in his sleep. I've never seen a guy that can sit for 15 minutes and literally be on the floor for a half-second and they swing him the ball and he's ready to shoot and make some shots.

"He's a lethal scorer, but he adds more value when he does other things."

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