NBA Roundtable: Who Will Be the 6th Man of the Year?
“6th man is always a tough award to call, as starting lineups and rotations change. However, I gotta go with my gut and say Seth Curry. I don’t think he will be in the starting lineup, but he will get heavy minutes and get plenty of buckets. Scoring is a trend to follow with the 6th man award, and Seth will do plenty of that.” –Sam Casey
“Yogi Ferrell is one of the more unheard of players in the NBA. As Dennis Smith Jr. steps in as the team’s starter, Ferrell will be an impactful player off the bench for the Mavericks. Andre Iguodala and Jamal Crawford are the more famous of the 6th men around the NBA, but Ferrell has the most important job off the bench for the Mavericks. Iguodala and Crawford are not in charge of spelling a rookie point guard, which is something Ferrell will have to do.” –Evan Siegel
Derrick Rose and Will Barton
“This is by the far the hottest take I have ever publicly made as a sports writer. With the addition of Isaiah Thomas, who I believe will take a lesser role than that of Kyrie Irving, I believe Derrick Rose will be able to channel just enough of his former self to be a serious candidate for 6th Man of the Year. With the domination of LeBron James and the shooting ability of players such as J.R. Smith, Kevin Love, and Kyle Korver, I believe Rose will be able to exploit spread out defenses with those vintage drives to the hoop.” –Blake Heckel
“One of those forgotten players in the NBA, Will Barton is going to really turn some heads this year, especially with the improvements the Denver Nuggets have made. I expect Denver to be in the conversation for the Western Conference playoffs this year and I also expect Will Barton to be a major reason for that.
A lot of people are going to see Nikola Jokic as the star (for good reason), but expect Barton to be mentioned every time when talking about the Nuggets this season.” –Kohl Rast
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There are a lot of options for the NBA 6th Man of the Year this season and the staff didn’t even name all the top candidates. Who do you think will take the award this year?