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The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is perennially one of the most interesting awards in the Association because it always goes to the best guy on the floor who just isn't quite good enough to be a starter. Lou Williams, Eric Gordon, and Jamal Crawford are all guys who might not be consistent enough to start, but can all make a 10-point deficit disappear in a flash off the bench.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams won the award last season, and he's the favorite to win it again in 2018-19.
Williams sits at +300 after scoring 22.6 points per game and winning his second Sixth Man of the Year award last season. He also won the award with the Toronto Raptors in 2014-15. The last person to win back-to-back Sixth Man of the Year awards was Detlef Schrempf of the Indiana Pacers, who won in 1990-91 and 1991-92. Kevin McHale is the only other back-to-back winner, from 1983-85, so it's certainly not impossible for Williams to repeat in 2018-19.
Gordon, at +430, is very intriguing, just as long as he remains a member of the Houston Rockets, considering there are rumors suggesting he could be part of a trade involving Jimmy Butler. Gordon also won the award in the 2016-17 season. The Thunder's Dennis Schröder and Indiana's Tyreke Evans are both quality bench scorers for returning playoff teams and each sit at +650.
The dark horses are in interesting. Carmelo Anthony will be competing with a new teammate in Gordon and looked a bit washed up on the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. Markelle Fultz will be on a very good 76ers team and, if his shoulder is healthy, he could really thrive in the bench role. And finally Derrick Rose at +5000 is ... about right, meaning there's almost no chance he wins, and he might even end up starting with Butler on the outs in Minnesota.
Heading into the season, Williams is rightfully the favorite but it will be interesting to see if anyone can steal his crown.
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