Jordan Clarkson of Utah, the only player to come off the bench and score 40 points in a game this season, was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year on Monday. The 27-year-old Clarkson averaged 14.4 points for the Jazz this season, helping them reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Clarkson became just the third player in NBA history to score at least 400 points during his rookie season, joining Wilt Chamberlain (1972) and Stephen Curry (2014). He also joined Curry as the only players to average at least 14 points, three rebounds and three assists as a rookie.
"I'm really proud of how hard we fought this year," said Clarkson. "We have so much more to accomplish together."
Last season, Clarkson helped lead the Clippers to the inaugural Los Angeles Lakers franchise record of 56 wins. He made an immediate impact with his scoring punch off the Jazz' bench, averaging 14.4 points per game after being traded from Cleveland before the start of the season.
In five seasons with Utah and Los Angeles, the California native has averaged 14.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 155 games (24 starts).
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award/Winners: Jordan Clarkson
New York, 24 May 2021— The NBA announced today that Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz has received the 2020–21 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award for his achievements as a reserve.
Jordan Clarkson defeats Derrick Rose and Joe Ingles-DraftKings Nation in 2021. The winner of this match up will be my 6th man for the Brooklyn Nets this season.
Derrick Rose is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, as he only played in 51 games while battling injuries. He scored 1,073 points last season, which is the fewest he's had since his first season in 2008-09. Despite all of this, many believe that Rose can still have a successful season with another team. His popularity has risen over the past year, as fans want to see him play again after years away from the game.
Rose would love to return to Chicago for good and win a title there, but he knows that won't happen unless he gets some help. He's already worked out with Paul George and Larry Nance Jr. during this offseason to try and find a new home together. If anyone is able to help him reach new heights again it's likely going to be someone else this season.
As for Derrick, this has always been a job for which he's not really made.
Since the 1982–83 NBA season, the National Basketball Association's Sixth Man of the Year Award has been awarded to the league's top performing player for his team who comes off the bench as a replacement (or sixth man). The award was created by the media and the fans of the NBA who feel that someone other than the most valuable player should be recognized for their contributions to their team.
The award is given annually to one male and one female player. It was first presented at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game with its current format established two seasons later. Although many players claim to want the award, only one can win it each year. The winner is determined by votes from members of the national media covering the NBA.
The award is currently sponsored by global technology company Microsoft. Previous winners include Glenn Robinson III, Mike Miller, Mark Jackson, and Deron Williams.
Glenn Robinson III is the first rookie to win the award since Larry Hughes in 1989. He became the second Canadian to win the award after David Van Der Laan in 1986. Robinson also became the first player from UCLA to win the award. He shared the award with James Harden of the Houston Rockets because they were both selected third overall by their respective teams in the 2012 NBA Draft.
In basketball, a sixth man is a player who does not start but comes off the bench significantly more frequently than other reserves, typically being the first player to be replaced in. The presence of a good sixth man is frequently indicative of team greatness. There are several types of sixth men, depending on the role they play for their team.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leader in games played by a sixth man, with 479 career appearances. He also leads in total minutes played by a sixth man, with 8,409 minutes from 1973 to 1990. Henry "Sugar Land Starch" Mack was a 6'5" (1.96 m) tall guard who played in only two NBA seasons, but he still ranks third all-time in games played by a sixth man, with 484 games. Doug Christie and Andre Miller are also in the top 10 all-time.
Abdul-Jabbar, Mack, and Lou Hudson were all members of the Milwaukee Bucks team that won the 1971 NBA Championship. Other notable players include Darryl Dawkins, Rashard Lewis, Matt Powell, Chris Webber, and Reggie Williams.
Ramsey spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Celtics, earning seven titles. He was an important member of the squad that won so many titles under Bill Russell's guidance. Ramsey was one of the first players to identify the role of "sixth man." He started every game in which he appeared during his career and averaged 28.4 minutes per game.
On November 1, 1983, Ramsey made a pass at a ball near the end line with 3 seconds left on the clock and no time-outs remaining. The shot clock was not introduced until after the 1984 season began; before then, there was only one real chance to score a point in an NBA game. Therefore, teams would often use up all their time-outs in order to prevent any possible last-second shots by their opponents. Ramsey's attempt at a buzzer-beater was unsuccessful, and the Celtics lost to the Chicago Bulls 88-87 in Boston. This is how Ramsey finished his illustrious career as one of the greatest Celtic legends. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 44.
During his career, Ramsey scored over 2,000 points and grabbed nearly 900 rebounds. He was also named an All-Star six times.
In addition to being one of the best power forwards of his era, Ramsey was also known for his ability to shoot free throws. He had a perfect 100% record from the charity stripe throughout his career.
LeBron James became the NBA's eighth player to reach 30,000 points. Dirk Nowitzki, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are all members of the select group. The only players who have more points than James are Wilt Chamberlain (872 more), Jerry West (744 more), LeBron James (728 more), Oscar Robertson (720 more), Steve Nash (699 more), and Dominique Wilkins (673 more).
James reached the milestone on March 4 at Miami vs New York. He is the first player to score over 30,000 points during his career.
James is playing some incredible basketball right now, but he isn't the only one worth mentioning. Kevin Durant is currently having a monster season, scoring 46 points against Toronto on February 11. He also scored 51 points last year for Oklahoma City. Stephen Curry is another player that should not be overlooked as he has a chance to break James' record this year.
In conclusion, LeBron James is the eighth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He achieved this honor on March 4 at Miami vs New York. James is considered by many to be among the best to ever play the game. He is a five time MVP and two time champion. His overall impact on the league can't be denied either.