Isaiah Thomas, Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams were the only eligible players to average at least 15 points per game.
Unsurprisingly, they filled the top three of Sixth Man of the Year voting.
But it was Williams, who ranked third with 15.5 points per game, who took the award.
Here’s the full voting with player, team (first-place votes, second-place votes, third-place votes, points):
1. Lou Williams, Toronto (78-34-10-502)
2. Isaiah Thomas, Boston (33-46-21-324)
3. Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers (8-18-37-131)
4. Andre Iguodala, Golden State (7-16-17-100)
5. Tristan Thompson, Cleveland (0-6-15-33)
6. Nikola Mirotic, Chicago (1-4-7-24)
7. Marreese Speights, Golden State (1-2-9-20)
9. Corey Brewer, Houston (1-1-4-12)
9. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio (0-3-3-12)
10. Taj Gibson, Chicago (1-0-3-8)
11. Aaron Brooks, Chicago (0-0-1-1)
11. Chris Kaman, Portland (0-0-1-1)
11. Anthony Morrow, Oklahoma City (0-0-1-1)
11. Dennis Schröder, Atlanta (0-0-1-1)
Williams was a strong candidate, and three of the four of us put him on our hypothetical ballots, including Kurt Helin slotting him at the top. Williams often took over the Raptors’ offense, especially late in games and quarters, and made plays. He wasn’t the most efficient, but Toronto often didn’t put him in position to be.
From top to bottom of this list, there are no egregious choices. I’d have a tough time ranking some of these players a top-three reserve this season, but at least they’re all pretty good and in a reasonable order.
That said, am I the only one who would have voted for Rudy Gobert, even if it’s just on a technicality?