Amidst all the disappointing drama surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the team’s players received some good news recently.
According to ESPN NBA reporter Marc Stein, Clippers’ guard Jamal Crawford has reportedly been awarded the NBA’s top Sixth Man.
Story going online now: ESPN has learned that Clippers G Jamal Crawford is the NBA’s Sixth Man Award winner for second time in his career
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 30, 2014
This is Crawford’s second Sixth Man award. The accolade makes Crawford the fourth player to do it twice, and the first-ever to collect it on two different squads – per Stein.
Stein also reports that sources told ESPN.com that Crawford was set to garner the achievement during Tuesday’s Game 5 at the Staples Center, however, was suspended due to the controversy stemming from owner Donald Sterling’s recent alleged comments.
Crawford, although faced with stiff competition for the award, rightfully deserved it.
Averaging 18.6 points-per-game during the regular-season, Crawford led all NBA bench players with that bucket production. And for the postseason thus far, Crawford’s averaging 15.2 points-per-game on just 22.8 minutes-per-game, which is leading all NBA reserves as well.
There’s no confirmation, but barring a Game 7, Crawford will probably be given the award then.
Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson, Spurs’ guard Manu Ginobili, Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, Suns’ forward Markieff Morris, and Mavericks’ guard Vince Carter were also in the running.