Russell Westbrook reaches the podium

As it is every season, the Sixth Man of the Year race is one of the most watched in the NBA. As in every season – and for lack of inspiration – for all competitions (DPOY, MVP, COY, ROY) are said to be the most watched in the NBA. But for the race for Sixth Man of the Year, it really is. And like every year, we say that’s really true for all races. In short, paper.

(statistics as of January 9)

# honorable mentions: Shake Milton, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Immanuel Quickley, Taurean Prince and Malik Beasley

We have almost opened the gates of the Top 10 Immanuel Quickley his contribution is consistent with the New York results. Too few games for Bogdan Bogdanovich coming back strong to watch the next edition. Taurus Prince not bad, but there are Wolves: his game still lacks a few threads to interfere with this ranking. Shake Milton Having disappeared from the radar since midway through the 2021-22 season, we find him in rising form on Philly’s side. It still is light ha, Tyrese Maxey comes back and eats him for a few minutes, but stays clean. Malik Beasley is outside the Top 10 itself. Not enough results in Utah. It falls a little. If Beasley says he’s doing his best, we believe him, but it’s still very little.


The big question: should we consider him a candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year trophy? He has already started 21 out of 40 games ? Stephen Curry’s absence leaves him a bit out of this discussion, and that’s good, because he lacks level. XXL’s contract is worth $35 million per season, which contrasts with his inability to carry the Warriors a game. Markelle Fultz outlasted him last Saturday, on paper that is first choice but it still hurts him. In short, Jordan Poole scores the minimum points but can only advance. It’s likely he won’t be in this ranking anymore in early February due to too many games in one owner’s shoes. Will we regret it? Kenavo ar’vechal!

Stats: 20.6 points, 43% shooting, including 31% from the floor, 4.4 assists and… 3.6 turnovers


How can you not mention the best bench in the NBA? If the Pelicans are 3rd in the Western Conference, it’s largely due to second-hand work, including Naji Marshall. Nameless A must for all the kids fueled by Gatorade and the logo — who probably will never wear his jersey — New Orleans’ third baseman is one of the moment. “Flame” of a guy with an upwardly processed 3-point percentage (33% vs. 20% last season), a lot, a lot of energy in his offense, a chance when nobody wants to give it to him. Credit to him and his career, but also to his entourage on the Pels bench: Larry Nance Jr. and Jose Alvarado don’t play table tennis. Trey Murphy stepped into the starting five in Brandon Ingram’s absence. This is where the profit in minutes for Marshall is also explained.

Stats: 9.8 points on 44% shooting, including 34% from the park, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 turnovers


Norman Powell remains a good student amid Clippers collapse: 41% of parking in December 17 points, is not the best of defenders, but is a great scorer. He played 32 of the Clippers’ 42 games, which remains a symbol of great resilience compared to Kawhi Leonard. He has nothing to add to his work. It could take a few more shots at important moments (nono’s super clutch isn’t), but frankly, other silhouettes deserve more loads. Nothing “disastrous” since the Clippers are still 7th in the West with a positive balance sheet. On top of it run away and two or three neat diseases, the heights of the conference are still in their hands.

Stats: 15.1 points on 47% shooting, including 39% from the park in 25 minutes per game

#7 – MALIK monk

Small drop in rating. Many candidates have raised their levels of play, and Malik Monk has…fired 28% with 3 points for December. He is ugly there. His 2023 isn’t off to a good start with 4/15 from distance and two losses in three games. But Sac Town is still in 5th place in the Western Conference with a record of 20 wins to 18 losses. The 6th man’s poor form fortunately does not translate into letting his teammates off. So it all has to be put into perspective: The Kings have missed the playoffs for sixteen seasons. The dynamics of this exercise are historical. It may sound silly, but Malik Monk still has a way to go in Sac Town history. Just put your damn shots.

Stats: 14.1 points on 44% shooting, including 32% parking and 91% shooting, 3.9 assists and 2 turnovers


Average double scrapper, skilled under the circle, always combative despite his 12 million per season contract. He is one of the most valuables NBA. The perfect replacement interior to play for the title. The Bucks would have a hard time filling the void left by his absence: that’s fine, Bobby Portis has played in all 39 games for “Milwaukee” this season. Resilience on and off the floor. Best rebound off the bench this season. He is only 27 years old and still has many great years ahead of him. Milwaukee hit the jackpot when they acquired his services in the summer of 2020. This kind movement overlooked in the history of a franchise that only the most educated grandfathers would pass on to the children of 2080. The North remembers and once again the East, West and South will do the same.

Stats: 14.2 points on 50% shooting, including 32% from the park, 10.3 rebounds and 1.2 turnovers


A little below his December standards, but still a great defensive contribution. A real short but thin electric battery (professionals will understand the nuance), the offensive potential of the future… All-Star? Small fire, the Nuggets sophomore will already be 23 years in September and this is not the most outstanding young man in the League. Still, watching Denver play, its uniqueness is evident. It has an added feature: very quiet with the ball in hand, completely foldable in every way, inspired by Mike Malone’s systems. We want to see where Bones Hyland will be in two or three years. You might be surprised too.

Stats: 13.5 points on 41% shooting, including 41% shooting, 3.3 assists and 1.8 turnovers


The Grizzlies’ No. 1 offensive option. You know the guy who doesn’t watch all the games. Tyus Jones is still an example of purity for all young people gunners It’s coming to the NBA. This guy makes it all work. You give him a crustless crumb Harris and he makes you gingerbread. If we gave him our wedding ring, he would give us both back. It is difficult to see him climbing the podium with such a “second-rate” statistical line. We feel the landscape man. The first joker 2nd team in the West. I don’t want to shine, but I dream of shining. The ideal son-in-law. We hasten to introduce our sister to him.

Stats: 10.5 points on 44% shooting, including 39% shooting, 4.8 assists and just 0.9 turnovers


Big debate, big leap. You never know how you’re going to handle the Russell Westbrook thing. Statistics that conflict with others, a lot of frustration, frustration, but “good performance” which is worth a thousand. This is Russell Westbrook’s name. Nerves completely out of his pumps, sometimes very fair, so the best puncher that a coach can hope for two defensive explosions. Some things never change: 21% 3-pointers on 3.4 attempts per game in December. Disgusting. Other than that, the Lakers are better (five straight wins) and their good momentum is matched by Russ’ good form. The nine-time All-Star is undrafted at the start of 2023 16 points on 43% shooting including 33% from the park, 7 rebounds and 8.8 assists in four games. It was as if he had never lost the aura of Lightning. Efforts to continue.

Stats: 14.8 points on 41% shooting, including 29% from the floor, 6.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1 steal and 3.6 steals

#2 – Benedict MATURIN

Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire is one of the most beautiful villages in France. The ancestral castle of the Mathurin family, the last one is called Benedict. The No. 6 pick in the last draft, a key player in two postseason trophy discussions. He is slightly behind Paolo Banchero in the fight for the new player of the year. He is behind Malcolm Brogdon as the 6th man. Only 20 summers (21 in June) and already a very understandable stat line with points and percentages. Some bloom faster than others. What is missing to score first place? More individual prowess. Again and again. The Pacers are over 6th in the Eastern Conference, it is difficult to imagine them outside. The only solution is to crush everything. Peaks at 30 points, ball under the arm, morning Top 10. The goal is to impress in this second part of the season.

Stats: 17.1 points on 42% shooting, including 33% from the park, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 steals


The best. Not exactly a Neanderthal stat line, but the best Wi-Fi codes are the shortest. It’s all in sharpness. we Not far from 50/40/90 – except for a big rivalry month – and the Celtics still lead the Eastern Conference with 28 wins to 12 losses. This title plays, Malcolm Brogdon will be an important factor, now condition sine qua non, Saturday night’s meeting showed it again: 23 points on 5/6 parking, 2 rebounds, 7 assists and the Spurs on the mat. Would you say that NBA replacements are seeing the arrival of the Malcolm Brogdon-Robert Williams III axis right now? “second unit”. It’s the all-NBA Third Team, not second-team. You want to quietly run your stats off the bench and find yourself facing Kobe and Shaq from Massachusetts. In short, Malcolm is immobile. No. 1 shake. It can still go on.

Stats: 13.5 points on 47% shooting, including 45% parking and 88% shooting, 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 turnovers

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