The 6th Man of the Year award is given to the NBA player who plays the best off of the bench for the majority of the season. The minimum amount of games played off the bench to qualify is just more than you have started so let’s look at the ones who we think are the best for the award so far this season.
Playing for a losing team definitely hurts him unless the Atlanta Hawks turn their season around. Bogdonovic has been great when playing though and is averaging nearly 18 points per game while shooting over 41% from three. He also has a 40-point game off of the bench.
As of late Monk has been declining a bit statistically after a hot start. He’s averaging 15 points per game and shooting 42% from three. The Sacramento Kings are one of the top teams in the West though and playing for a winning team matters for this award.
A really slow start for Reaves hurt him but now he has been playing great. He’s up to ver 15 points per game and nearly over 5 assists. In December he has averaged almost 20 points per game. Reaves has started 9 games out of 28, but he actually is starting less than earlier in the season now.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging over 17 points per game this year with no starts on a good Dallas Mavericks team. He could be considered their second-best player so far due to how many games Kyrie Irving has missed. It’s the most points he has averaged since he was on the New York Knicks.
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