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Clippers guard Jamal Crawford made NBA history on Tuesday morning as he became the first player to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award for the third time. Earlier this year we wrote about how gracefully Crawford has been aging and how his legacy is intact as one of the most coldest players of his era, and this morning, at 37-years-old, he became the oldest player to be win the award breaking his own record (he last won the award at 33).
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JC earned 51 first-place votes and was followed by Warriors forward Andre Iguodala and Jazz big man Enes Kanter. Via NBA.com:
Crawford amassed 51 first-place votes and 341 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala finished second with 288 points (33 first-place votes), and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Enes Kanter was third with 182 points (19 first-place votes).
Crawford came off the bench in 74 of his 79 appearances and averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists in 26.9 minutes in all games, helping the Clippers (53-29) post their fourth straight 50-win season. He recorded 33 games with 15 or more points off the bench, third most in the NBA behind the Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton (38) and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson (36). As a starter, Crawford scored at least 30 points in four of five games. Crawford also ranked second in the NBA in free throw percentage (90.4).
This past offseason we had an amazing sit-down with Jamal and captured his truest side. This guy is one of the most humble and genuinely nice players in the league, on top of that he’s just a really cool dude. Check it out below.