Jerry Stackhouse - Dallas Mavericks
Sixth Man Award

Averaging 13.1 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game ... Came off the bench and single-handedly outscored all opposing reserves during the Mavericks undefeated five-game road trip (1/18-1/26) ... Has outscored the opponent's bench seven times this season ... Scored in double-figures in 36 of 54 games played, including seven straight games from 3/25-4/7 ... Scored 20-plus points 10 times, including three straight games from 1/22-1/26.

Our take:
Quick, name any player who finished top three in scoring in any of the last five years who's now coming off the bench for his team. Did I hear Jerry Stackhouse? Actually, Stackhouse is the only player doing so, providing the Mavericks a spark off the bench the last two years after routinely starting in Washington, Detroit and Philly. Of course, injuries have limited his minutes and made a move to the bench a necessity. After finishing fourth in Sixth Man voting a year ago, Stackhouse should figure among the leaders again this year after helping guide Dallas to a 60-win season, averaging 13.1 points and 3.0 assists in 28 minutes a night.
-- Jeff Dengate

From a teammate:
I love Stack's game off the bench or as a starter. He's a very explosive player for us. We post him up a lot. I like what he brings to the table. He's so aggressive, and he's one of our toughest players.
-- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Morning News

A fan's take:
Stackhouse has been very vaulable to Mavs this season. The Mavs have had a lot of injuries and he has stepped up and filled in. Stack brought a lot of energy to the team off the bench. He helps turn games around for the Mavs when he walks on the floor. He's a major reaon for their success because he helps take pressure of Dirk and helps get him the shots he needs. Stack would probably start on every other team in the NBA.
-- JJ - C'ville, Texas.

The Numbers:
54 11 28.0 13.1 2.8 3.0 0.69 0.19 .400 .279 .882

Sixth Man Award - The Candidates:
Speedy Claxton - New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
Derek Fisher - Golden State Warriors
Mike Miller - Memphis Grizzlies
Jerry Stackhouse - Dallas Mavericks
Antoine Walker - Miami Heat

Others worth consideration: Earl Boykins, Channing Frye, Devin Harris, Eddie House, Bobby Jackson, Fred Jones, Alonzo Mourning, Ronald Murray, Charlie Villanueva, Maurice Williams

Most Improved Player
Rookie of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Most Valuable Player

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