Top rivals include Taj Gibson and Manu Ginobili…
According to ESPN sources familiar with the voting, Los Angeles Clippers star Jamal Crawford has won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award for the 2014-15 season.
Sources have told ESPN that the 34-year-old was originally scheduled to receive the award prior to the Clippers’ win in Game 5 over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
However, in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal and commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement regarding his life-time ban, they decided upon on rescheduling the award ceremony.
If true, this won’t be the first time that Crawford has won the award after picking up his first trophy back in 2010 while with the Atlanta Hawks.
The veteran star has led all sixth men in scoring this season by averaging 18.6 points per game while his average picked up to 20.6 points when shifting into the starting line-up to replace either the injured J.J. Redick or Chris Paul.
Should Crawford receive the award as is now expected, he will have fought off competition from the likes of Chicago Bulls star Taj Gibson as well as San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, who have both enjoyed successful seasons coming off the bench.
It is understood that the NBA will resume handing out awards next week after already naming it’s Defensive Player of the Year in Joakim Noah and Coach of the Year for Gregg Popovich.
Phoenix Suns star Goran Dragic was named the Most Improved Player while Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Philadelphia 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams are strong favourites to land the MVP and Rookie of the Year honours respectively.