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Jamal Crawford named as Sixth Man of the Year for a record third time

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Los Angeles Clippers man Jamal Crawford has been named the Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year for his contribution as a reserve during the 2015-16 season. 

The guard played in 79 of the Clippers' games and came off the bench in 74 of those encounters. Averaging 26.9 minutes on the hardwood per night, he posted 14.2 points, 2.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds a game. 

From a panel of 130 sportswriters throughout the United States of America and Canada, Crawford amassed 51 first-placed votes and 341 points in total. 

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2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors came in second with 288 points and 33 first placed votes ahead of Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder who had 182 points. 

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Will Barton and Evan Turner of the Boston Celtics made up the top five. 

Crawford becomes the first player in NBA history to win the award three times after he scooped the prize in 2014 during his second year with the Clippers and in 2010 when he was with the Atlanta Hawks. 

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Kevin McHale, Ricky Pierce and Detlef Schrempf are the only other players in the history of the game to win the award twice since its incarnation in 1983.

IMPACT

The 36-year-old has had some big games for the Los Angeles franchise this season as they secured fourth place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. 

He dropped a season-best 37 points during a win over the Detroit Pistons back in November 2015, shooting 44 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free-throw line on his ten attempts. That same evening, he also provided eight assists for his teammates. 

Crawford scored at least 20 points on 20 separate occasions throughout the campaign. 

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The veteran has moulded his career around being a serious contributor off the bench in the past seven years. Having been a starter with the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks in the early stages of his career, he has often come off the bench since 2009.

Since joining the Hawks in '09, he has played in 503 regular season games but has only started in 39 of those encounters, with 24 of those coming in the 2013-14 campaign. 

IMPORTANCE

Every franchise has their so called star players, but success requires a number of solid contributors throughout the roster. 

The Clippers are looking to end their playoff heartbreak and reach the Conference Finals for the first time in their history, dating back far before their relocation to the City of Angels in 1984.

If they are to make the Finals, Crawford's influence as a reserve will be huge. 

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