The NBA's 6th Man of the Year is typically one of the most compelling awards races to follow. There are certainly plenty of deserving candidates early in the season.
Good coaches, players and teams know that it doesn't matter who starts the game. It matters who's out on the floor at the end.
NBA Assistant Editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes give props to the players who can provide an instant spark, lead the 2nd unit, play starters' minutes and close games. All from the bench.
In this episode of "Basketball by Association", you'll find the usual suspects, a few dark horse candidates and final predictions who will win this prestigious honor.
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