Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters only was the Cavs’ sixth man for a few months and he likely won’t take on the role next season. But he did receive a second place vote in the official voting for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jordan Crawford won the award by drawing 421 total points and 57 first-place votes. Crawford also won the award in 2009-10 when he was a member of the Atlanta Hawks. From the NBA’s press release:
The Los Angeles Clippers’ Jamal Crawford is the winner of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced today. Crawford, who came off the bench in 45 of the 69 games in which he appeared, led all NBA reserves in scoring, averaging 18.6 points. Additionally, Crawford accounted for 3.2 apg and 2.3 rpg in 30.3 mpg for a Clippers team that went 57-25 and earned the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
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. Crawford amassed 57 first-place votes and 421 total points from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls finished second with 395 points (49 first-place votes) and Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs finished third with 138 points (nine first-place votes).
You can view the ballots from the 125 media members polled here. As FearTheSword’s Conrad Kaczmarek and The Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer pointed out, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer put Waiters in second place.
Hey, it was @rick_bonnell who gave Dion Waiters the 2nd place vote. Cool.
— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) May 8, 2014
Mike Brown’s new favorite reporter: Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, who cast lone vote for Dion Waiters to win 6th Man Award (2nd place).
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) May 8, 2014
MOZGOV GOT A 6TH MAN VOTE AND J.R. SMITH DIDN’T LOLOLOL
— Trevor Magnotti (@Tmagnotti) May 8, 2014