|National Basketball Association awards and honors|
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.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 30 different players. The most recent recipient is Eric Gordon. Jamal Crawford is the only three time winner of the award. Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf have each won the award two times. Bobby Jones was the inaugural winner of the award for the 1982–83 NBA season. McHale and Bill Walton are the only Hall of Famers who have won the award; Walton is also the only award winner to have earned NBA MVP honors in their career.
Manu Ginóbili, Schrempf, Leandro Barbosa, Toni 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.
|^||Denotes player who is still active in the NBA|
|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has received the award|
|1982–83||Jones, BobbyBobby Jones||Forward||United States||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1983–84||McHale, KevinKevin McHale*||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics|
|1984–85||McHale, KevinKevin McHale* (2)||Forward||United States||Boston Celtics|
|1985–86||Walton, BillBill Walton*||Center||United States||Boston Celtics|
|1986–87||Pierce, RickyRicky Pierce||Guard||United States||Milwaukee Bucks|
|1987–88||Tarpley, RoyRoy Tarpley||Forward/Center||United States||Dallas Mavericks|
|1988–89||Johnson, EddieEddie Johnson||Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns|
|1989–90||Pierce, RickyRicky Pierce (2)||Guard||United States||Milwaukee Bucks|
|1990–91||Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf||Forward||Germany||Indiana Pacers|
|1991–92||Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf (2)||Forward||Germany||Indiana Pacers|
|1992–93||Robinson, CliffCliff Robinson||Forward/Center||United States||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1993–94||Curry, DellDell Curry||Guard||United States||Charlotte Hornets|
|1994–95||Mason, AnthonyAnthony Mason||Forward||United States||New York Knicks|
|1995–96||Kukoč, ToniToni Kukoč||Forward||Croatia||Chicago Bulls|
|1996–97||Starks, JohnJohn Starks||Guard||United States||New York Knicks|
|1997–98||Manning, DannyDanny Manning||Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns|
|1998–99||Armstrong, DarrellDarrell Armstrong||Guard||United States||Orlando Magic|
|1999–00||Rogers, RodneyRodney Rogers||Forward||United States||Phoenix Suns|
|2000–01||McKie, AaronAaron McKie||Guard||United States||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2001–02||Williamson, CorlissCorliss Williamson||Forward||United States||Detroit Pistons|
|2002–03||Jackson, BobbyBobby Jackson||Guard||United States||Sacramento Kings|
|2003–04||Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison||Forward||United States||Dallas Mavericks|
|2004–05||Gordon, BenBen Gordon||Guard||United States[a]||Chicago Bulls|
|2005–06||Miller, MikeMike Miller^||Forward/Guard||United States||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2006–07||Barbosa, LeandroLeandro Barbosa^||Guard||Brazil||Phoenix Suns|
|2007–08||Ginóbili, ManuManu Ginóbili^||Guard||Argentina||San Antonio Spurs|
|2008–09||Terry, JasonJason Terry^||Guard||United States||Dallas Mavericks|
|2009–10||Crawford, JamalJamal Crawford^||Guard||United States||Atlanta Hawks|
|2010–11||Odom, LamarLamar Odom||Forward||United States||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2011–12||Harden, JamesJames Harden^||Guard||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2012–13||Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith^||Guard||United States||New York Knicks|
|2013–14||Crawford, JamalJamal Crawford^ (2)||Guard||United States||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2014–15||Williams, LouLou Williams^||Guard||United States||Toronto Raptors|
|2015–16||Crawford, JamalJamal Crawford^ (3)||Guard||United States||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2016–17||Gordon, EricEric Gordon^||Guard||United States||Houston Rockets|
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