Becomes first player in league history to win award three times
POSTED: Apr 22, 2016 10:20 AM ET
Crawford is the Kia NBA 6th Man
The Clippers' Jamal Crawford is the 2015-16 Kia NBA 6th Man. This is his third time winning the award.
NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Clippers' Jamal Crawford is the winner of the 2015-16 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award for his contributions in a reserve role, the NBA announced today. He becomes the first player to earn the honor three times. The 36-year-old Crawford also breaks his own record, set two years ago, as the oldest winner.
Crawford amassed 51 first-place votes and 341 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala finished second with 288 points (33 first-place votes), and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Enes Kanter was third with 182 points (19 first-place votes).
Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. To be eligible for the award, players had to have come off the bench in more games than they started.
Crawford came off the bench in 74 of his 79 appearances and averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists in 26.9 minutes in all games, helping the Clippers (53-29) post their fourth straight 50-win season. He recorded 33 games with 15 or more points off the bench, third most in the NBA behind the Denver Nuggets' Will Barton (38) and the New Orleans Pelicans' Ryan Anderson (36). As a starter, Crawford scored at least 30 points in four of five games. Crawford also ranked second in the NBA in free throw percentage (90.4).
A 16-year veteran, Crawford previously won the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award in 2009-2010 with the Atlanta Hawks and in 2013-14 with the Clippers. When Crawford was honored for the first time as a Clipper, he joined Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf as the only two-time winners. Crawford is the only player to win the award with multiple teams.
2015-16 KIA NBA SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR RESULTS
Player | Team | 1st place (5 pts) | 2nd place (3 pts) | 3rd place (1 pt) | Total Points
Jamal Crawford | L.A. Clippers | 51 | 23 | 17 | 341
Andre Iguodala | Golden State Warriors | 33 | 35 | 18 | 288
Enes Kanter | Oklahoma City Thunder | 19 | 20 | 27 | 182
Will Barton | Denver Nuggets | 15 | 21 | 20 | 158
Evan Turner | Boston Celtics | 3 | 7 | 10 | 46
Ryan Anderson | New Orleans Pelicans | 4 | 6 | 5 | 43
Jeremy Lin | Charlotte Hornets | 1 | 6 | 7 | 30
Ed Davis | Portland Trail Blazers | 1 | 5 | 1 | 21
Dennis Schröder | Atlanta Hawks | 1 | 2 | 6 | 17
Tristan Thompson | Cleveland Cavaliers | 2 | 0 | 6 | 16
Shaun Livingston | Golden State Warriors | 0 | 1 | 4 | 7
J.J. Barea | Dallas Mavericks | 0 | 1 | 2 | 5
Boris Diaw | San Antonio Spurs | 0 | 1 | 2 | 5
Zach LaVine | Minnesota Timberwolves | 0 | 1 | 1 | 4
Darren Collison | Sacramento Kings | 0 | 1 | 0 | 3
Allen Crabbe | Portland Trail Blazers | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1
Jrue Holiday | New Orleans Pelicans | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1
Patrick Patterson | Toronto Raptors | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1
Mirza Teletovic | Phoenix Suns | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1