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    The best NBA players aren’t always the 10 who take the floor to open a contest.

    Since legendary Boston Celtics captain Reed Auerbach realized the need for more firepower off the bench, the Sixth Men have made their way as power catalysts, microwave scorers, and gear shifters.

    Manu Ginobili, who is about to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was a prime example of a modern sub-modern. He was clearly talented enough to break the top five, but he provided the most value to the San Antonio Spurs as a second- and soon-to-be unit destroyer.

    Did he handle the role better than any of his contemporaries?

    To answer this query, we evaluate all the top six men of the modern era — defined simply for this exercise as the year 2000 and beyond — and rank them using everything from statistical contributions (advanced and traditional) to longevity and overall impact, in their teams and in the league in general. .

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    James Harden

    Before Harden found his calling as the best player to shred the net, he spent his first three seasons making his presence felt on the bench at the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sooner State’s spark candle was amazing through his third NBA round, averaging 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists while posting an authentic slash of 49.1/39.0/84.6.

    While that effort earned him the sixth man of the year honor, it also ended his career as a sideshow. The Houston Rockets snatched him this season and quickly handed over the keys to the franchise. It was obviously a great move for Space City, but it hurts him in an exercise like this because he loses the longevity argument.

    Andre Iguodala

    Iguodala spent his early years as a novice for heavy minutes, and even served as the first focal point for the Philadelphia 76ers in the post-Allen Iverson era. However, Iguodala’s transition to Unit Two was one of the final keys in unlocking the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty.

    Of course, Golden State’s roster was so stacked that Iguodala’s singles numbers were on the watch, and the spotlight wasn’t really highlighting his defensive dominance. The notable exception, though, was when his defensive effort against LeBron James helped Iguodala return to the 2015 Finals MVP, despite starting the last three games of that series.

    Lamar Odom

    While most of the Sixth Guys were fast goal guards, Odom broke the mold as a 6’10”, 220-pounder who played some points forward and served as connective tissue for the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s always found a way to impact the win; you can’t always tell by it. his numbers.

    He won two titles as reserve favorites in Los Angeles (2009 and 2010), and his overall contributions in 2010-11—14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists—earned him the Sixth Man of the Year award. However, he really only had these three years as a sub in the top shelf, which was not enough to officially make the cut.

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    While the entire Phoenix Suns played “Seven Seconds or Less” at turn speed, Barbosa had the best gear that others couldn’t match.

    Nicknamed the Brazilian Crystal Ball, he would dash around the defenders and send the scoreboard spinning before they could even respond. This was if they were lucky enough to keep up in the first place, as he routinely set fires for transition teams.

    “You had to be aware of it constantly,” Shaun Livingston, who later collaborated with Barbossa in Golden State, said in 2016. Scott Caciola subordinate The New York Times. “Because if you don’t, he’s gone: Where has this guy gone?”

    While Phoenix’s frenetic pace may have inflated Barbosa’s numbers, the production was still astounding. Between the 2005-06 and 2008-09 seasons, he said Average 15.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds with 47.4/41.0/83.1 slashes. He was crowned Man of the Year 2006-2007 and was an annual nominee throughout that period.

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    If you relive the biggest domino drops in the history of the Dallas Mavericks, then Terry’s embrace of the role of the sixth man would land admirably down the list.

    As a combo keeper who could find shots of himself and others, he was the perfect catalyst for the Mavs’ second unit. In his first season as a super captain (2007-08), he averaged 15.5 points (on 46.7 percent of shooting) and 3.2 assists (for 1.1 turnover). In his second film, he earned sixth man of the year honors with an average of 19.6 points, 3.4 assists, and 1.3 steals while collecting 46.3/36.6/88.0 slash shooting points.

    “He’s a great guy in the locker room. He’s one of our passionate leaders, always exciting the crowd,” Dirk Nowitzki Reporters. “He’s one of the best clutch players I’ve ever seen.”

    As if to prove his teammate is a visionary, Terry saved his best for the MAVs’ biggest moments. He took on the role of Robin as Nowitzki’s Batman in the 2011 Finals, averaging the second-highest Dallas points (18.0 in 49.4/39.3/75.0 shootings) and provided one of the series’ signature baskets with Three pointer clutch On LeBron James.

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    Armed with yo-yo handles, the confidence of pulling out of nowhere and a kick-assed scoring punch, Jamal Crawford has everything you want in a spark plug—and then some.

    His style thrilled fans and teammates with energy, but there was always substance to his roots. Just 63 players He’s racked up 19,000 points in his career in this league, and Crawford is one of them, an impressive feat considering he’s started less than a third of his games and only been more than 20 points in one of his 20 seasons.

    He knew how to get buckets, and specifically, he understood how to heat up quickly. Between 2009 and 2010 and 2015-16 Average 15.9 points in just 28.9 minutes per game (19.8 per 36 minutes). During those seven seasons, he became the first sixth man of the year in the league three times (a distinction now shared with the number two on our list).

    Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets coach Reporters In 2016. “There are not many players who have done it better than Jamal on the bench.”

    You can make a compelling case for Crawford to take the top spot, but he’s only back a few points due to average efficiency (shooting at 41 percent) and defensive struggles.

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    No one has ever mastered the art of scoring in Unit Two quite like Sweet Lou.

    While many of the Sixth Guys learned the role on the fly after transitioning from the starting party, Williams primarily tackled a backup role from the jump. Even after his profile grew and his production increased, he never made it into the starting line-up. He has not started more than 38 games in a season and has only started twice (in 17 seasons) in more than half of his matches.

    Now, there are reasons why Williams would do better in a reserve role, with Crawford sharing Crawford’s weaknesses in the field goal ratio (career 41.9) and anything to do with defense. Having said that, Williams has so fully embraced and won his spark plug duties that he also shares the distinction of being Sixth Man of the Year three times.

    “I’ve learned to embrace my role, and I think that’s what makes it special,” Williams, at NBA.com, said. Sean Powell. “This is part of my legacy, too.”

    Williams is an association All-time leader In the bench points. If we follow the often realistic sixth-man voting pattern to pick the highest-scoring reserve, Williams will be a lock for first place. However, since the role is more than just buckets, he will have to settle for runner-up to the Hall of Famer at the top.

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    You can find super subscribers in this list who scored more points than Ginobili. You’ll probably find a few who can handle it in a one-on-one match as well.

    But what you don’t find is another person who has left a bigger footprint in the basketball game. He was not the first to introduce Eurostep, but he made it a weapon in such an unpredictable graceful way that his contemporaries had no choice but to imitate the Argentine swordsman.

    San Antonio Spurs captain Gregg Popovich told ESPN Kirk Goldsbury.

    While often technically touted as the Sixth Man of San Antonio, Ginobili was functionally an important part of the Alamo’s Big Three, a highly talented trio, which he successfully co-chaired with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Ginobili helped lead Spurs to four world titles in 11 years, serving primarily as a reserve in three of those tournaments.

    He somehow got the 6th Man of the Year award, but he could have gotten half a dozen. He also earned a place on the All-NBA Team in the same season (2007-08), becoming the only player ever to earn both distinctions in a single campaign.

    His unlikely rise from the 57th pick of the 1999 draft to Hall of Fame honors is the kind of legendary junkie who will be passed down from generation to generation.


    Statistics used as a courtesy basketball reference And the NBA.com.

    Zach Buckley covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, Tweet embed.