Clippers’ Jamal Crawford has become the first player ever to win the NBA’s Sixth Man Award for the third time. He is the 36 years oldest player to win the award.
With the votes of 51 first-place and 341 points from a panel of 130 sports writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada on Tuesday, he was the winner.
Worldwide fans were congratulating him for the history he made.
Crawford averaged 14.2 points and 2.3 assists in 79 games, coming off the bench in 74 of them this season. He ranked second in the NBA in the free throw of 90 per cent.
The 36-year-old Clippers guard had previously won the Sixth Man Award with the Atlanta Hawks in 2009-10 and in 2013-14 with the Clippers.
Kevin McHale, Ricky Peirce, and Detlef Schrempf had each won the Sixth Man Award only twice.
Becoming the first three-time winner as the league’s best reserve, Crawford told at a news conference on Tuesday.
“I’ve never made an All-Star Game, but I’ve always had my peers’ and coaches’ respect around the league. So, for me at the end of the day, 10 years from now, 15 years from now, I’ll just wonder, ‘Will the new fan remember me? Will they remember what I did in the game?’
"Hopefully, it is of a positive nature, and hopefully, this is one of those things for the kids that are coming up that are 9 or 10 years old to say, 'Hey, I don't have to start. I can still have an impact on the bench.' Obviously, starting is the cool thing, and everybody wants to do it. Hopefully, this can inspire a new generation of players."
Crawford scored more points in the fourth quarter than any other Clippers player for the entire season. He was the Clippers’ third-leading scorer during the three-month stretch without Blake Griffin in the listings.
The 16-year veteran had first taken up a reserve role with the Hawks under Coach Mike Woodson, who is currently a Clippers assistant. Ever since he has flourished and embraced leading the bench.