J.R. Smith Wins 6th Man; Jamal Crawford Robbed
However, his competition, Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers, helped lead LA to their best record in franchise history, their first Division Title as well as home-court in the first round of the the playoffs in the Bestern Conference.
Here are there season averages on a silver platter:
JR - 34 MPG, 42% FG, 36% 3FG, 76% FT, 18 PPG, 5 RPG, 2.7 APG
Jamal - 29 MPG, 44% FG, 38% 3FG, 87% FT, 16.5 PPG, 2.5 APG, 2 RPG
Considering Crawford played an average for 4 minutes less per game, while scoring a higher efficiency rating than JR (9.0 to 7.0) and shot a higher percentage from everywhere on the floor, it seems as though this should have been a far closer call that it was, leaning heavily in the favor of Jamal. The fact remains that after a record-setting season in which Jamal was one of the main components, there will be no recognition throughout the league and it's a shame.
Crawford, unfortunately, plays on the West Coast - with the inherent East Coast bias, amplified by ESPN, JR might have taken the cake because by the time Clipper games are on, its 10:45 PM on the east coast...writers don't bother catching the glimpse of the leagues true top 6th man.
Lets make this very clear. JR Smith is a very worthy Sixth Man of the Year. It's not like his production made him an invalid candidate for the award. However, there was someone in the league doing it a little better than he was; on a team stacked with scoring threats.
Jamal Crawford finished in the Top 5 in 4th quarter scoring behind Kevin Durant, LeBron James & Carmelo Anthony at 6.5 points per 4th quarter. If that doesn't scream clutch, I'm not sure what else can be said in the case of Crawford.
Yes, JR averaged more points and more rebounds than Jamal -> but the award isn't all about points, it's about the most influential sixth man in the league, and Jamal Crawford had the highest influence for the better team, meaning, he got JACKED!