There Are At Least 37 Reasons Jamal Crawford Shouldn’t Have Won Sixth Man of the Year. And There Are Probably A Lot More

Jamal Crawford #11 of the Los Angeles Clippers during a game against the Golden State Warriors on January 30, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

I’m not even going to bother with paragraphs. This is goddamn ludicrous. I’m just going to list a bunch of quantitative reasons Jamal Crawford shouldn’t have won Sixth Man of the Year. And boy howdy, there are a lot of them. There are so many we need to break this thing up into sections:

PERSONAL STATISTICS (OFFENSE): 

  • Finished fifth among Sixth Man of the Year eligible players in points per game (14.2) despite being known as a volume scorer and this award typically going to the best volume scorer.
  • Finished 26th among Sixth Man of the Year Eligible Players in assists per game (2.3).
  • Finished 43rd among Sixth Man of the Year eligible players in win shares (3.3).
  • Finished 51st among Sixth Man of the Year eligible players in three-point shooting percentage (34.0%) despite being known as an excellent three-point shooter.
  • Finished 68th among Sixth Man of the Year eligible players in true shooting percentage (52.9%).

PERSONAL STATISTICS (DEFENSE/MISC.):

  • Allowed opponents to shoot 40.4% on field goals between 15-19 feet, second highest on the Clippers.
  • Allowed opponents to shoot 37.3% on field goals between 20-24 feet, second highest on the Clippers.
  • Allowed opponents to shoot 35.4% on field goals between 25-29 feet, second highest on the Clippers.
  • Finished 37th among Sixth Man of the Year eligible players in steals per game (0.7)
  • Finished 63rd among Sixth Man of the Year eligible players in blocks per game (0.2)
  • Finished 93rd among Sixth Man of the Year eligible players in rebounders per game (1.8).

TEAM STATISTICS: 

  • The Clippers’ offense improved by 2.6 points per 100 possessions when Crawford was not on the floor (105.4 on/108 off). Contextually, that means that the Clippers were the fifth best offense in basketball with Crawford off of the floor and the ninth best offense in basketball with him on it.
  • The Clippers’ defense improved by 4.1 points per 100 possessions when Crawford was not on the floor (103 on/98.1 off). Contextually, that means that the Clippers were the second best defensive team in basketball with Crawford off of the floor and the 12th best defensive team in basketball with him on it.
  • The Clippers earn 19.4 assists per 100 possessions when Crawford is off of the floor and 16 when he is on the floor.
  • The Clippers turn the ball over 13.7 times per 100 possessions with Crawford on the floor and 12.7 times per 100 possessions when he is off of the floor.
  • The Clippers’ team rebound rate improves by 3.4% when Crawford is off of the floor (45.7% on/49.1% off).

THE COMPETITION:

  • Will Barton scored more points per game (14.4) and had a higher field goal percentage (43.2%), three-point percentage (34.5%) and true shooting percentage (53.5%) than Crawford.
  • Jrue Holiday scored significantly more points per game (16.8), had a higher field goal percentage (43.9%) and the same true shooting percentage (52.9%) as Crawford.
  • Both Darren Collison and Zach LaVine averaged only slightly fewer points per game (14.0) than Crawford, but did so with high field goal percentages (48.6% and 45.2%, respectively), three-point percentages (40.1% and 38.9%, respectively) and true shooting percentages (59.1% and 54.8%, respectively).
  • Mareese Speights, Enes Kanter, Mirza Teletovic, Ryan Anderson, Dennis Schröder, Lou Williams and Marcus Thornton all scored more points per 36 minutes than Crawford with higher field goal and true shooting percentages. Crawford has a lower field goal percentage than the top 28 Sixth Man of the Year eligible players ranked by points per 36 possessions.
  • Shaun Livingston plays on a team that just went 73-9.
  • Andre Iguodala plays on a team that just went 73-9 and is part of a lineup that outscored opponents by 44.4 points per 100 possessions. I’m not even making that number up. Here’s the source. The next closest lineup that played at least 150 minutes and doesn’t belong to the Golden State Warriors outscored opponents by 27.8 points per 100 possession.

NARRATIVE: 

  • Jamal Crawford has won Sixth Man of the Year twice.
  • Lou Williams has won Sixth Man of the Year only once.
  • Will Barton has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Jrue Holiday has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Darren Collison has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Zach LaVine has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Mareese Speights has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Enes Kanter has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Mirza Teletovic has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Ryan Anderson has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Dennis Schröder has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Marcus Thornton has never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Shaun Livingstonhas never won Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Andre Iguodala has never won Sixth Man of the Year.

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