Jamal Crawford vs. Anderson Varejao: Sixth Man Tale of the Tape

March 16th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
The NBA's awards season has become an epic farce and a joke without a suitable punchline. Does winning Most Improved mean you sucked last year? Congratulations on no longer being a crappy player! In the rookie of the year race, high-scoring youngsters on putrid lottery teams usually beat out those filling lesser roles on playoff-bound units. Humor and frustration aside, one award still peaks my interest. Each year, the NBA honors the best bench player with a trophy. The league first bestowed the accolade on Bobby Jones in 1982. Since that innaugural hand out, Kevin McHale and Detlef Schrempf remain the only back-to-back winners. The tiny statue recognizes a player willing to accept a reserve role on bonafide playoff squad. It rewards selflessness and winning. I decided to examine two of the top candidates for the award this season. Jason Terry and Manu Ginobili would rank as the frontrunners under normal circumstances. Terry has missed several weeks with a facial-bone fracture, and an injury to Tony Parker forced San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to start Ginobili. That leaves Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao as the top ...

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