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2016 PBT Awards: Sixth Man of the Year

Andre Iguodala, Tristan Thompson

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) dunks against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


Kurt Helin

1. Andre Iguodala

2. Tristan Thompson

3. Enes Kanter

This was the toughest award to hand out this season. Early on it seemed that Manu Ginobili and Iguodala had separated from the pack, but both suffered injuries and missed time. To me, Ginobili missed too much time, but Iguodala did not (even though he missed his games late). I know Iguodala doesn’t want this award, but he settles down the Warriors second unit and is key to the devastating “death lineup.” I know Jamal Crawford will get a lot of votes, but not mine: the Clippers are 6.9 points per 100 possessions worse when Crawford is on the court compared to sitting, and even the Clipper offense e is better when he is out. I understand the noise in those numbers but I can’t get past what often feel like empty stats from Crawford.

Sean Highkin

1. Andre Iguodala

2. Tristan Thompson

3. Cory Joseph

Iguodala doesn’t want this award and has been very vocal about that, but he gets the nod here. When you’re a part of the famous “death lineup” on the greatest regular-season team of all time, that’s enough to me. Thompson will be starting at center for the Cavs in the playoffs, but he’s anchored them off the bench and helped them get the best record in the East. And Joseph has given the Raptors some much-needed backcourt depth and solid play at both ends of the floor.

Dan Feldman

1. Tristan Thompson

2. Andre Iguodala

3. Enes Kanter

Iguodala and Manu Ginobili, in that order, were the NBA’s best reserves when on the court this season. But they missed so much time to injury. On my sliding scale that weighs both contributions per minute played and total contributions, that allowed Thompson to pass Iguodala and Kanter to pass Ginobili.