Move over, Detlef Schrempf. Jamal Crawford needs some room.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ top bench scorer has won his second Sixth Man of the Year award, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports.
Once the victor is announced officially, Crawford (2009-10, 2013-14) will join Schrempf (1990-91, 1991-92), Ricky Pierce (1986-87, 1989-90) and Kevin McHale (1983-84, 1984-85) as the only players to win the the award multiple times in a career.
Crawford finished the regular season averaging 18.6 points per game on 42-36-87 shooting. His 22.0 points per 36 minutes were a career high for a man who has always been known for his unique ability to put the ball in the basket.
The king of the four-point play beat out other candidates like the Chicago Bulls’ Taj Gibson, the Phoenix Suns’ Markieff Morris, the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young.
Crawford actually did start 24 games this year, starting in place of an injured J.J. Redick sporadically. It was the most single-season starts for him since 2008-09. A player must start in fewer than half of his games to be eligible for the award.
Even at 34 years young, Crawford is still going strong. Physically, he looks like the exact same player he was 10 years ago. The quickness, the athleticism, the ability to finish and score after contact and, obviously, the handle are all present. He’s still J. Crossover.
Now, Crawford concentrates on helping the Clippers, who lead the Golden State Warriors 3-2 in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, make a postseason push.
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