The leading scorer among eligible players typically wins Sixth Man of the Year, and this season is no exception.
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who who averaged 18.6 points per game, will take the honor.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:
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Crawford, who also won in 2010 with the Hawks, joins Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Delef Schrempf as the only two-time Sixth Man of the Year winners.
Crawford’s overall shooting percentage (41.6) is hardly impressive, but that’s buoyed by a high 3-point-attempt rate and a solid 3-point percentage (36.1). If you’re just looking at how many of Crawford’s shots went through the rim, you’re missing a key point: A lot of them were worth three points.
He also proved integral to maintaining the Clippers’ league-best offense. They scored just as much per possession with him on the court as off – no easy task considering he played most of his minutes without Chris Paul.
It could have been a shame the Donald Sterling mess delayed Crawford from receiving the trophy, but the Clippers are guaranteed at least one more home game. So, Crawford will have a chance to celebrate the honor with his fans as long as the NBA doesn’t delay an official announcement. Considering this news leaked, I think Crawford will get that moment.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.