Toronto Raptors star Lou Williams has won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award after playing a key role for the team off the bench this regular season.
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Williams received 78 first-place votes to lead the way with 502 points in the voting process, as he averaged 15.5 points per game this season for the Raptors.
Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas came in second with 324 points, while Jamal Crawford completed the top three with 131 points despite being sidelined by injury for a significant period of time.
Nevertheless, there are few that can argue with Williams winning the award given his impact off the bench for Toronto this year, and he has certainly become a fundamental part of their second unit which will hope to fight back in their first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards after dropping the first game at home on Saturday.
The likes of Andre Iguodala, Nikola Mirotic and Manu Ginobili all received votes to make the top 10, but ultimately there was only going to be one winner from the top trio.
Thomas has taken his scoring ability to Boston in recent months to become a vital part of coach Brad Stevens’ rotationwhile Crawford continues to set as high a standard as ever for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Both men had legitimate arguments to be considered as winners, but Williams has been rewarded after finding his role with the Raptors as he continues to be a spark off the bench for coach Dwane Casey to provide back-court scoring behind Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.