Sixth Man of the Year?
Yesterday I was watching the Warriors playing the Wolves and was immensely impressed by the play of Jarrett Jack, especially coming of the bench for the Warriors. Although I like players like JR Smith and Crawford as a 6th MOY-pick, Jack playing as well as he does this season makes me choosing him over those other guys.
The most impressive feature I think he is the best player for the Warriors (who are a pretty good team) at times, especially during the fourth quarter (like against the Wolves). When the game is on the line for the Warriors, the guy handling the ball is always Jack, either scoring himself or setting up one of his teammates. The fact that he is more than a scorer of the bench (like Smith and Crawford) makes him more valuable of the bench in my eyes than a pure scorer.
Stats for three options:
Jack: PPG13.8 - RPG 3.20 - APG 6.0 - EFF+15.66 - PER 18.1
Crawford: PPG16.7 - RPG1.70 - APG2.6 - EFF+11.87 - PER 16.7
Smith: PPG16.0 - RPG4.90 - APG2.8 - EFF+14.23 - PER 15.3
I'd be okay with either Crawford or Jack getting it. I'd even take Kevin Martin over JR Smith. I don't think you should be in consideration if you're not even scoring at a league average rate (JR's True Shooting % is 49.6)
This is a tough one. Let's not forget Ryan Anderson down in N.O.. who most of us on here deemed 6th man of the year during the beginning of the season. He's putting up #s, but I think itll come down to a player thats contributing to actually winning. Crawford is a beast and I think should be the favorite over Jack. Jack is doing very well, but if you remove either player from their teams, expectations falls the most for the Clips. Lose Jack, Martin (OKC), Smith (NYK) and the teams expectations probably stays the same. If the Clips were to lose Crawford, they instantly go from Finals contenders to a team that has no shot against OKC or Spurs IMO.
Jr has fallen out of the race. I pretty much feel it is a 2 person race at this point and I give the edge to Jack because now that billups and the rest if the clips are back Jamal doesn't have to do as much anymore.
I'm a Warriors fan, and Jack is basically our PG now, Steph is still playing great, but he's been even better off the ball more. We were down big early yesterday, but Jack started 6-6 with 4 threes to keep us within striking distance. He calms the rest of the guys and get others involved as well.
And yesterday was conflicting, I'm a Warriors fan but I had 4 Timberwolves on my fantasy team and was playing against a guy that had Jack, lol.
im a huge warriors fan as well, and to me what was conflicting to me is that i liked that the warriors won the game, but hate how the calls were being made.. it was odd since it seemed very one sided to the away team. and rubio gave a very inspsirational effort on both ends of the floor and deserved to be rewarded with a W. still though, after the 6 game loosing streak, id take any win we can get.
I think Jack deserves it. He is the most important to his team, his team is good, he is a closer for them, and I just think he brings more to the table night to night than Crawford or JR.
Early on it was Crawford not doubt but Jack has been great all season as well and is really come on lately. I wouldn't have a problem with either of those guys winning. It really is a two horse race at this point in my mind.
As a Knicks fan, I'll just say right now that J.R. Smith has no business being in this conversation. More times than not, he's completely destructive offensively. If he's not hot, he's just in there dribbling around and jacking up a bunch of ridiculous shots. I cringe every time he touches the ball. I really think this race should only be between Jarrett Jack and Jamal Crawford at this point. I love Ryan Anderson and think he's the best player of the whole bunch, but it seems that he's been left completely out of the discussion for two reasons. The first is simply the fact that the Hornets are nowhere close to playoff contention. The second reason is that he's started 17 games--compared to zero starts for Jamal Crawford and four starts for Jarrett Jack.
In my opinion, Jarrett Jack should easily be the Sixth Man of the Year. Jamal Crawford is a brilliant offensive player and explosive scorer, but he doesn't give you much else. Jarrett Jack plays PG for a large percentage of the game and is, in many ways, the leader of the Golden State Warriors. The acquisition of Jarrett Jack (along with the health of Stephen Curry, of course) is the most significant factor contributing to the Warriors' turn around this year. Jack is a much needed veteran presence and a great leader who can control the game and orchestrate the offense. So it's got to be Jarrett Jack.
Obviously, you don't want the pipe...
I know he won't win, but I'd like to give a shout out to JJ Redick as well. Coming off the bench in Orlando and now Milwaukee, his numbers this year are:
15.1 points per game
4.5 assists per game
2.4 rebounds per game
45% from the field and 39% from 3, 90% from the FT line.
Pretty damn good numbers for a 6th man, especially considering the crap that he had to play with in Orlando.
I agree that Jack is not only an immediate scoring threat off the bench, but he's also an above average ball-handler and facilitator. Not to mention he's playing a lot better defense than he has in the past.
With all that being said, I think Crawford wins it, He got off to such a hot start at the beginning of the season combined with the clippers somewhat-unexpected success. He's an exciting player on an exciting team, not to say Jack and The Warriors aren't exciting, I just think it will come down to the exposure of L.A. vs, Oakland.
I think it also may come down the fact that GS has been losing a lot recently and is fighting to hang on to a playoff spot. The Clippers have cooled down as well but they are a lock to make the playoffs and will finish with a better record than Golden State. I am not saying the Warriors won't make the playoffs but nobody has won a 6th man of the year award on a team that hasn't made the playoffs since the award first started in 1983.
Hands down..................the NBA front office is waiting for Jack to stop by and pick up the award already!
Wow!: Bleacherreport has J.R. Smith still as their favorite to win it, followed by Jack, Crawford and Martin. Anderson is not even in their top 7!
bleacherreport is garbage. Yep I think Jack should be the winner, with the edge over Crawford. There are a lot of really good 6th men in the league right now though (Ryan Anderson, Kevin Martin, JR Smith, Amare, Ray Allen,Andre Miller, Ginobili, Matt Barnes, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors etc) .
I don't think Hayword should win but he certainly deserves more consideration. He's a crucial piece of the Jazz and is averaging 14.1 PPG, 3 RPG, 2.5 APG while shooting 43% from the field, 40% from 3-PT range and 83% from the free throw line
i agree. bleacherreport is one of the worst source of basketball articles out there. they are nothing more than a group of bloggers who know how to make a website. one of the most unreliable sources of smart basketball opinions on the net.