Friday afternoon, the NBA released the finalists for the league’s annual awards.
Regarding Sixth Man of the Year, I ranked each finalist and made their case for the honors below:
Andre Iguodala (3rd)
The Golden State Warriors’ 2015 Finals MVP has taken on a sixth man role this season, after the loss of depth they took to sign Kevin Durant. The 12-year veteran averaged: (7.6) points, (4) rebounds, (3.4) assists, and (1) steal per game this season off the bench. In addition to his base stat line, Andre led all bench players in (+/-), at (+6.9).
A big piece of the Warriors’ “death lineup,” Iguodala was efficient, shooting (53%) from the field, and (36%) from behind-the-arc. His contribution doesn’t come close to his fellow candidates, but is nonetheless noteworthy.
Lou Williams (2nd)
After a phenomenal first half of the season with Los Angeles, Williams was traded to the Rockets, and put alongside fellow finalist Eric Gordon.
In fifty-eight games with the Lakers, Lou averaged nearly 19 points, while shooting 39% from three. Now, after twenty-three regular season games with Houston, Williams averages declined, as expected to (14.9) points, on (32%).
Lou finished the season at 2nd in three-pointers off the bench, after landing (160).
The 2015 Sixth Man of the Year, this 11-year veteran would have assuredly won this award should he not have been traded to the Rockets.
Eric Gordon (1st)
A free agent signee, Eric Gordon has thrived in his sixth man role for the Rockets’ three-point offense. On the season, he averaged (16.2) points while shooting (37%) from three.
A long with other accolades, Gordon set the NBA record for most three-pointers off the bench with (206). For the first time since 2011, the former Hornet/Clipper found his way to (1200+) points in a season.
Gordon’s impact in Houston was monumental, and in part, led them to their offensive dominance.
Andre Iguodala was the most rounded, doing everything off the bench for Golden State.
Lou Williams was the Lakers best player, until traded to Houston, where he was outshined by the other finalist.
Eric Gordon has been nothing short of consistent, clutch, and the biggest contributor off the bench. Earning him the title of Sixth Man of the Year.
Sixth Man of the Year as well as other awards will be announced at the league’s award show, on June 26th, hosted by Drake.
All stats and information provided by ESPN, and NBA.com. Featured image provided by The Undefeated via Google Images.