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The top 10 Sixth Men in NBA History

The top 10 Sixth Men in NBA History

The role of a sixth man in basketball is often underrated. While the spotlight is usually on the starting lineup, the contributions of the players coming off the bench should not be overlooked. These players have the ability to change the momentum of a game and provide a much-needed spark to their teams. In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 sixth men in NBA history, who have made significant impacts and left a lasting legacy.

1. Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford is widely regarded as one of the best sixth men in NBA history. He has won the Sixth Man of the Year award a record three times, showcasing his ability to come off the bench and make an immediate impact. Crawford is known for his flashy handles, scoring ability, and clutch performances.

2. Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili was a key contributor to the success of the San Antonio Spurs during their championship runs. He played a vital role off the bench, providing scoring, playmaking, and tenacious defense. Ginobili's ability to energize his team with his intensity and passion made him one of the greatest sixth men of all time.

3. Kevin McHale

Kevin McHale was an integral part of the Boston Celtics' dynasty in the 1980s. Although he started his career as a starter, McHale transitioned into the sixth man role to provide a scoring punch off the bench. His post moves and footwork made him nearly unstoppable in the low post, and he played a significant role in the Celtics' championship success.

4. Toni Kukoc

Toni Kukoc was a versatile forward who played a crucial role for the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. While Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen received most of the attention, Kukoc's ability to score, handle the ball, and make plays off the bench was instrumental in the Bulls' success. His unique skill set and basketball IQ made him a nightmare matchup for opponents.

5. Detlef Schrempf

Detlef Schrempf was a key player for the Seattle SuperSonics and the Indiana Pacers during his career. He was a two-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner and played a significant role in both teams' success. Schrempf's ability to score, rebound, and stretch the floor with his shooting made him a valuable asset coming off the bench.

6. Lou Williams

Lou Williams is one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, and he has made a name for himself as a sixth man. Williams has won the Sixth Man of the Year award three times and has consistently provided scoring off the bench for various teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks. His ability to create his own shot and score in bunches makes him a nightmare for opposing defenses.

7. John Havlicek

John Havlicek was a versatile player who excelled in the sixth man role for the Boston Celtics. He was known for his high motor, relentless hustle, and clutch performances. Havlicek won multiple championships with the Celtics and played a pivotal role off the bench, providing scoring, defense, and energy.

8. Jason Terry

Jason Terry was a reliable scorer and clutch performer throughout his career. He won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2009 and played a crucial role in the Dallas Mavericks' championship run in 2011. Terry's ability to knock down three-pointers and make big shots in critical moments solidified his place as one of the top sixth men in NBA history.

9. Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala is known for his versatility and defensive prowess. He played a significant role in the Golden State Warriors' championship runs, coming off the bench and providing lockdown defense on some of the league's best players. Iguodala's ability to impact the game without scoring made him a valuable asset for the Warriors and earned him the Finals MVP award in 2015.

10. Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper was a defensive stalwart for the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era. He provided lockdown defense, energy, and three-point shooting off the bench. Cooper won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 1987 and played a crucial role in the Lakers' championship success.

In conclusion, the contributions of sixth men in NBA history should not be overlooked. These players have played pivotal roles in their teams' success and have left a lasting impact on the game. Jamal Crawford, Manu Ginobili, Kevin McHale, Toni Kukoc, Detlef Schrempf, Lou Williams, John Havlicek, Jason Terry, Andre Iguodala, and Michael Cooper are just a few of the top sixth men who have made significant contributions to the game of basketball.


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