On Tuesday Jamal Crawford became the first player in NBA history, to win three Sixth-Man Awards.
Crawford has won the award 2 times before, once in 2009 and again in 2013. His ability to add instant offense, has been big for the Clippers. While Crawford does come off the bench; he has a 14.04 Player Efficiency Rating and averages 14.2 points a game.
Award number three puts Crawford ahead of names like Detlef Schrempf, Ricky Pierce and Kevin McHale, who each has two sixth man awards. At age 36 he is not only the oldest player to win the award, he is the only player to win the award with multiple teams.
This award is a true testament to one player’s ability to put the teams need in front of his own. Crawford who once was a starter averaging 20.6 points for the New York Knicks, has embraced his role of coming off the bench because it best suits the team’s needs. In the day and age where most people want as much shine as they can get, it’s nice to see someone who’s more interested in honoring the game.
Crawford stated. ‘ “I’ve never made an All-Star Game, but I’ve always had my peers’ and coaches’ respect around the league,” Crawford said at a news conference. “So for me, at the end of the day, 10 years from now, 15 years from now, I’ll just wonder, ‘Will the new fan remember me? Will they remember what I did in the game?’
“Hopefully, it is in a positive nature, and hopefully, this is one of those things for the kids that are coming up that are 9 or 10 years old to say, ‘Hey, I don’t have to start. I can still have an impact on the bench.’ Obviously, starting is the cool thing, and everybody wants to do it. Hopefully, this can inspire a new generation of players.” ‘
I believe it’s up to youth coaches to explain the importance of what Jamal has accomplished. Without complaining he’s embraced his role and because of it, his team, NBA fans, the game and himself have all benefited from it.
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