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Top 10 '6th Man' of all time

Alex Aroko
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Modified 19 Dec 2019, 11:11 IST

Manu Ginobili and Jamal Crawford
Manu Ginobili and Jamal Crawford

The NBA is dominated by franchise players like LeBron James and Stephen Curry, who bear most of the scoring burden for their respective teams. Younger players and fans often prefer to emulate such players since they receive so much media attention.

But often, there are great players who don't receive the attention they deserve at all. Maybe because they aren’t starters on their teams, or maybe they are role players; whatever the reason, these players go about their business the right way but often do not receive the credit they deserve for it.

Today we look at the role player called the ‘sixth man’. Since it’s hard to agree exactly how much a player deserves the title of being an unsung hero, I’ve tried to narrow down to those with multiple sixth man of the year awards, and those that won championships while being the sixth man of the team.

Before you start complaining about the exclusion of some of our favorite players, I’ll start with the honorable mentions:

John Havlicek:
John Havlicek

John Havlicek: He achieved his Hall of Fame statistics while coming off the bench for the majority of his illustrious career. He revolutionized the role before the award was officialized by becoming a 13-time all-star and making the all-NBA teams 11 times.

Vinnie Johnson
Vinnie Johnson

Vinnie Johnson: when you play behind Hall of Fame guards in the rotation like Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, and still provide instant impact from the bench, no one can deny you recognition. As a member of the Bad Boy Pistons, Vinnie was often called upon to provide offense in a hurry.

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