For the third time in his 16-season NBA career, Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers has won the Sixth Man of the Year award. He averaged 14.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game, with far and away the worst field goal percentage (40.4) of all 19 vote-receiving players, perfectly exemplifying the "gunner" type that tends to catch the voter's eye.
Conversely, Ed Davis of the Portland Trail Blazers finished eighth in the voting, which is solid recognition but probably not as much as he deserves. Davis ranks 12th in field goal percentage (61.1) and offensive rebounding percentage (14.4) league-wide. Shrinking the scope to Portland only, he ranks second on the team in win shares (6.7) behind point guard Damian Lillard. He has been the Blazers’ reliable backbone all year.
Of course, every fanbase sees their own players more than they do others, so Davis cannot truly be singled out above those who contribute valuably in different ways. All players to receive votes belong on this list for one reason or another, and congratulations are in order. Even Allen Crabbe received one third place vote (thanks, presumably Mike Rice), so we might as well enjoy the modest pageantry. Davis will have another go at greater appreciation next season.