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The National Basketball Association's Sixth Man of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the league's best performing player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (or sixth man). A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters from throughout the United States and Canada votes on the recipient.

Each judge casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. To be eligible for the award, a player must come off the bench in more games than he starts. The 2008–09 winner, Jason Terry, averaged the most playing time of any sixth man in an award-winning season; he finished the year with an average of 33.7 minutes played per game with the Dallas Mavericks.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 30 different players. The most recent recipient is Lou WilliamsJamal Crawford and Lou Williams are the only three time winners of the award. Kevin McHaleRicky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf have won the award twice. Bobby Jones was the inaugural winner of the award for the 1982–83 NBA season. McHale, Bobby Jones, and Bill Walton are the only Hall of Famers who have won the award; Walton, along with James Harden, are the only award winners to have earned NBA MVP honors in their careers.

Manu Ginóbili, Detlef SchrempfLeandro BarbosaToni Kukoč and Ben Gordon are the only award winners not born in the United States. Gordon was the first player to win the award as a rookie. Of the five foreign-born winners, three were trained completely outside the U.S., namely Ginóbili, Barbosa and Kukoč. Schrempf played two years of high school basketball in Centralia, Washington before playing college basketball at Washington, and Gordon was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and went on to play in college at Connecticut.

Winners

Season Player Position Nationality Team
1982–83 Bobby Jones Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Philadelphia 76ers
1983–84 Kevin McHale Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Boston Celtics
1984–85 Kevin McHale (2) Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Boston Celtics (2)
1985–86 Bill Walton Center Flag of the United States.png United States Boston Celtics (3)
1986–87 Ricky Pierce Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Milwaukee Bucks
1987–88 Roy Tarpley Forward/Center Flag of the United States.png United States Dallas Mavericks
1988–89 Eddie Johnson Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Phoenix Suns
1989–90 Ricky Pierce (2) Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Milwaukee Bucks (2)
1990–91 Detlef Schrempf Forward Germany Flag.png Germany Indiana Pacers
1991–92 Detlef Schrempf (2) Forward Germany Flag.png Germany Indiana Pacers (2)
1992–93 Clifford Robinson Forward/Center Flag of the United States.png United States Portland Trail Blazers
1993–94 Dell Curry Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Charlotte Hornets
1994–95 Anthony Mason Forward Flag of the United States.png United States New York Knicks
1995–96 Toni Kukoč Forward Flag of Croatia.png Croatia Chicago Bulls
1996–97 John Starks Guard Flag of the United States.png United States New York Knicks (2)
1997–98 Danny Manning Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Phoenix Suns (2)
1998–99 Darrell Armstrong Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Orlando Magic
1999–00 Rodney Rogers Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Phoenix Suns (3)
2000–01 Aaron McKie Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
2001–02 Corliss Williamson Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Detroit Pistons
2002–03 Bobby Jackson Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Sacramento Kings
2003–04 Antawn Jamison Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Dallas Mavericks (2)
2004–05 Ben Gordon Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Chicago Bulls (2)
2005–06 Mike Miller Forward/Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Memphis Grizzlies
2006–07 Leandro Barbosa Guard Flag of Brazil.png Brazil Phoenix Suns (4)
2007–08 Manu Ginóbili Guard Flag of Argentina.png Argentina San Antonio Spurs
2008–09 Jason Terry Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Dallas Mavericks (3)
2009–10 Jamal Crawford Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Atlanta Hawks
2010–11 Lamar Odom Forward Flag of the United States.png United States Los Angeles Lakers
2011–12 James Harden Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Oklahoma City Thunder
2012–13 J.R. Smith Guard Flag of the United States.png United States New York Knicks (3)
2013–14 Jamal Crawford (2) Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Los Angeles Clippers
2014–15 Lou Williams Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Toronto Raptors
2015–16 Jamal Crawford (3) Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Los Angeles Clippers (2)
2016–17 Eric Gordon Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Houston Rockets
2017–18 Lou Williams (2) Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Los Angeles Clippers (3)
2018–19 Lou Williams (3) Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Los Angeles Clippers (4)
2019–20 Montrezl Harrell Center Flag of the United States.png United States Los Angeles Clippers (5)
2020–21 Jordan Clarkson Guard Flag of the United States.png United States Utah Jazz
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