6 NBA Sixth Men Who Should Have A Starting Spot
1. James Harden
The Oklahoma City Thunder recently announced that they have signed Serge Ibaka to a contract extension, which could mean that the team avoided waiting and having to offer him a max contract deal. While, Sixth Man of The Year, James Harden will become a free agent at the end of the 2012-2013 season. The Thunder still have time to change this but Harden is a starter in a six man position and will probably be offered a max contract on the free agent market. Thabo Sefolosha, is the other Thunder’s other Shooting Guard, which prevents Harden from acquiring a starting spot. However, he has experienced a lot from his time in Oklahoma, including having the opportunity to develop among the best in the league and win his way to the NBA finals. If Harden demands a max contract, then it would be a odd move to keep him as a sixth man.
2. Mo Williams
Mo Williams is maybe the best all-round sixth man in the NBA, especially in the first half of the season. His ability to shoot threes was a vital asset to the Los Angeles Clippers. If Williams would have kept the momentum up throughout the entire season, he would have been in the running for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. However, his time as a sixth man has translated into a starting Point Guard position with the Utah Jazz in the upcoming season.
3. Al Harrington
Al Harrington averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds last season with the Denver Nuggets. He has tons of experience in the playoffs throughout his long and great NBA career. He was the sixth-man for a team who took the Los Angeles Lakers to seven games in the playoffs.
4. O. J. Mayo
How O.J. Mayo isn’t a starting guy yet is beyond unbelievable The only reasonable explanation being his personal “stuff.”
The Dallas Mavericks grabbed him off free agent market, which was a complete steal on their part. He will be sure to advance and begin his career years with the Mavs.
5. Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili‘s outstanding performance at the Olympics allowed the Argentinian team to hold their own against an All-Star American one. There aren’t enough good things to say about Ginobili, his stats don’t do him justice. He is clutch, intelligent, and a vital asset to the San Antonio Spurs.
6. Taj Gibson
Amazing defense is the first thing that comes to mind when one hears the name Taj Gibson. His defense is amongst the best in the NBA. With Derrick Rose expected to be out most of the 2012-2013 season, it would be a strategic move to start Gibson.