Top 3 Candidates For Sixth Man Of The Year

The superstars lead the way in the NBA, but no team is complete without a winning supporting cast. The battle for Sixth Man of the Year this season has come down to two-man race, with several others battling for recognition.

Malcolm Brogdon

The Boston Celtics' third guard has come into the fold this season seamlessly, and has even stayed relatively healthy, playing 67 games thus far, more than he's played in any season since his rookie year seven seasons ago.

He's averaging 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while knocking down threes at a career-best 44.4%. 

Just as the Celtics held down the top spot in the East for most of the season until recently, Brogdon has held the Top Sixth Man betting edge on and off throughout much of the year, but now, at +240, he's been surpassed by a red-hot New York Knick:

Immanuel Quickley

It was only five weeks that Quickley sat at +2200 for this award, barely a blip on the radar. But he has exploded of late to help lead the Knicks on a 12-6 run, to take the Sixth Man lead heading down the stretch, now with -360 odds. 

In March, Quickley averaged 19.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while in two games in April thus far, he's gone completely ballistic, with 61 points in the two contests, 14 assists, and 52.6% on threes. 

Quickley has started some games of late, but with only 19 starts overall, he more than qualifies. 

It may be a cop-out, but truly, the third spot on this list could go to any of a number of qualifiers, including:

  • Bobby Portis, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Malik Monk, Sacramento Kings
  • Austin Reaves, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Norman Powell, Los Angeles Clippers

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