Top Sixth Man of the Year candidates

Domantas Sabonis has been superb for the Pacers off the bench. - [Flickr / Pacers Groups]
Domantas Sabonis has been superb for the Pacers off the bench. - [Flickr / Pacers Groups]

Domantas Sabonis, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams have been three of the league's best bench players.

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With the NBA regular season slightly past the midway point, there have been a plethora of superb bench players around the league. It makes for a deep pool of candidates for the Sixth Man of the Year Award, which comes at the end of the season.

Lou Williams won the award last season and is again a top contender. Below are the 10 candidates for the 2018-19 Sixth Man of the Year Award. All stats listed are for games played through January 14.

(According to Sporting Charts, a player is eligible for the award when they come off the bench more times than they have started. So while someone like Julius Randle may be a top candidate once the season is over, he has started more often than coming off the bench as of this writing).

1

Domantas Sabonis, Pacers (15.2 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 62.2 FG%)

Sabonis received a few votes for Most Improved Player last year, and he has become a force this season as one of the favorites to win Sixth Man of the Year. He has abandoned an unreliable three-point shot and is fifth with his 62.2 field goal percentage. He has secured a scoring/rebounding double-double in nearly half his games (19 in 40 outings).

2

Montrezl Harrell, Clippers (16.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.4 BPG, 62.9 FG%)

Harrell could also be a candidate for Most Improved Player. He has scored at least 20 points in 16 contests and has also amassed 11 double-doubles. His 25.5 PER currently ranks as 10th-best in the league. According to CBS Sports, he has scored at least 20 in three of his last four games.

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