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Launching Andre Drummond’s Sixth Man of the Year candidacy

Andre Drummond should be a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year, but Damian Lillard is running away with all the support. Rather than griping, I found a new award Drummond should contend for: Sixth Man of the Year. That race is wide open, and it’s not too late for Drummond to generate some support. Me at the Detroit Free Press:

To be eligible for sixth man of the year, a player must come off the bench in more games than he starts. So far, so good for Drummond, who frustratingly can’t beat out Jason Maxiell for a starting spot. In fact, by coming off the bench in his first 42 games, Drummond already has clinched eligibility.

Here are the leaders of players currently eligible, ordered by win shares:

1. Kevin Martin, 4.3

2. Ryan Anderson, 4.2

3. Matt Barnes, 4.1

4. Andre Drummond, 3.7

4. Manu Ginobili, 3.7

4. Carl Landry, 3.7

Landry has generated little support for the honor. Voters often are wary of awarding the same player multiple times, and Ginobili already has won sixth man of the year and is a perennial contender. Barnes likely will split votes with his Los Angeles Clippers teammates, including Michigan Man Jamal Crawford, who’s probably the favorite for this award. Anderson started when Anthony Davis was out injured, and until Davis gains the strength of an NBA big man, another injury seems quite possible. Martin makes a strong case, but he’s far from a lock.

Unlike rookie of the year, this award is wide open. Drummond has gotten no buzz, but he should.

Drummond has made Will Bynum, Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva look like quality NBA players. Let’s not underscore the significance of that. Drummond scores efficiently, protects the rim and rebounds on both ends.

When it comes to the spirit of the award, Drummond is one of the few candidates who ranks sixth or lower on his team in minutes per game. Among such players, only the Spurs’ Tiago Splitter, a starter, has more win shares.

Drummond probably doesn’t deserve the award at this point, but he’s only improving. With a strong second half, he could play himself into the discussion. So often, these awards are based on buzz, and because there’s no runaway choice for this honor, there’s time for Drummond to catch up.

8 Comments

  • Jan 25, 20133:49 pm
    by LT

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    i understand and support the value of win shares. but, there is a problem with this list of candidates. Jamal Crawford is the overwhelming fan/pundit choice to win this award due to his high ppg. i agree that win shares are highly important in determining a player’s impact on games. It seems obvious to me that, whether i agree with it or not, Crawford is the current front runner for this award. 

  • Jan 25, 20135:02 pm
    by Big Rick

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    Yep, in my opinion Crawford should have been an All-star or at least in the conversation. Is it just me or where here a few players more deserving to go to the All-Star game over Chris Bosh? The Nets have been on fire as of late and Brrok Lopez has been relatively ealthy most of the year. Happy to see David Lee FINALLY getting much deerved recognition, along with Z-BO. Kevin Martin is quietly having himself a nice season in OKC though.
    If it wasn’t for the abundance of star big men on the west you could also make a case for Serge Ibaka and Demarcus Cousins…based off on the court play of course.

  • Jan 25, 20135:03 pm
    by Big Rick

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    Is it just me or where here a few players more deserving to go to the All-Star game over Chris Bosh? The Nets have been on fire as of late and Brook Lopez has been relatively healthy most of the year.

  • Jan 25, 20135:05 pm
    by Big Rick

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    I know that I’m nowhere close to being the world’s greatest typer but why is it so easy to screw up your posts on here? Guess I need to calm down before I post, or use another document with spell check then copy n paste. Geesh!!! LOL

  • Jan 25, 20135:54 pm
    by frankie d

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    watch most of the blazers’ games, as a portland resident, and i have to say that rookie of the year is a tough call.
    if there was ever a time for a co-rookie award, it would be this year.
    drummond is who he is, and nothing more needs be said.  he’d be a worthy recipient.
    lilliard is amazing.  he plays like chauncey played during his larry brown years, which is amazing, considering that he is a rookie.
    you can tell he’s watched a ton of chauncey billups games, cause he plays just like him.  from the upright, deliberate dribble up court, to the quick, step-into-it 3 pointer before the defense sets.
    he’s much more explosive than chauncey, and not quite as big, but their games are eerily similar.
    again, either guy deserves the award.  i’m just happy that i’m living in portland, enjoying lilliard, while also watching drummond, from afar.  a real treat.

  • Jan 25, 20136:07 pm
    by MNM

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    Nobody is getting it over Crawford. He is deserving of it.

  • Jan 26, 20134:24 pm
    by Crispus

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    Do JJ Redick and JR Smith get no love for 6th man?

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