Jordan Clarkson looked like a runaway winner for Sixth Man of the Year award as late in the season as early April. Even in early May his odds were greater than -1300 to win Sixth Man of the Year. But, as the three finalists for the award were announced this week, Clarkson (-300) is a now just a slight favorite over Utah Jazz teammate Joe Ingles (+180), according to Sixth Man of the Year player futures odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. Derrick Rose (+10000) is the huge longshot third finalist.
Voters will take different outlooks towards the two Jazz players. Clarkson scored off the bench to lead all reserves with 18.4 points per game during the regular season. His struggles are with efficiency and defense, but he's a key scorer and production player especially when Donovan Mitchell has to take a break.
Ingles is the better basketball player, and actually started 30 games for the Jazz. But he qualifies for Sixth Man, and his advance stats and efficiency outpace Clarkson. He's a more selective shooter, and hit 59 percent on 2-pointers and 45.1 percent on 3-pointers while making 84.4 percent of his free throws. Ingles adds more support as a creative passer and stronger defender.
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