Okay, so maybe that’s taking it a bit far, but it’s August and all we can do is speculate about the upcoming 2014-15 season in overly dramatic fashion. Since we’ve already taken a look at 10 candidates for the Most Improved Player of the Year award, today we’ll be doing the same for Sixth Man. The Sixth Man of the Year award is pretty simple: if you can score and you play more games coming off the bench than you do as a starter, you’re an eligible candidate.
Jamal Crawford, a perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate, got his lifetime achievement award in the category last year by winning it for the second time despite the fact that Taj Gibson and Markieff Morris were equally strong candidates. This year, there will be tons of worthy options for voters to choose from, but to make things easier (and because there’s nothing else to do), here’s a look at the top 10 candidates for Sixth Man of the Year in 2014-15.