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5 Reasons Why Jamal Crawford Should Win 2014 NBA Sixth Man of the Year

5 Reasons Why Jamal Crawford Should Win 2014 NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Jamal Crawford
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The Los Angeles Clippers have enjoyed another successful season thanks to the depth on their roster. Jamal Crawford is the first man off of the bench and provides an offensive spark that few players in the league can rival. Here are five reasons why he should be the Sixth Man of the Year.

5. Playmaking Skills

Playmaking Skills
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5. Playmaking Skills

Playmaking Skills
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Crawford is the best playmaker in the league coming off of the bench. He can create for himself or his teammates, and can carry the second unit by himself. His creativity makes the Clippers’ bench an elite unit that can build upon leads while the starters are resting.

4. Ability To Score

Scoring
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4. Ability To Score

Scoring
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Crawford is averaging almost 19 points a game in only 30 minutes. He is instant offense off of the bench and has often carried the second unit with all of the injuries to the team. He can score in bunches, especially when the team needs it, and is not afraid to shoot.

3. Value To Team

Value To Team
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3. Value To Team

Value to Team
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Few bench players offer as much value to their team as Crawford does. He has the trust of his teammates and is an important cog to them winning games. He can play on the ball or off the ball, and opposing teams must be aware of where he is on the court at all times.

2. Clutch Shooting

Clutch Shooting
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2. Clutch Shooting

Clutch Shooting
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Crawford is on the court at the end of the game because of his ability to hit the big shot. He doesn't shy away from the moment, and Chris Paul will often look to set him up when the clock is winding down. His fearlessness gives the Clippers another scoring option when games are close.

1. Provides Much-Needed Spark Off Bench

Excitement
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1. Provides Much-Needed Spark Off Bench

Excitement
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Crawford brings a certain amount of flair to his game that can get the Clippers out of a slump. He has ridiculous handles and makes an absurd amount of four-point plays. His moves are highlights waiting to happen, getting the crowd more involved and energizing his team. Bench players are often needed to revitalize the team, and Crawford is one of the best in the league at doing so.