A good team in the National Basketball Association can have a pure point guard, a star shooting guard or a dominant center. However, a championship-winning team must also have at least a solid bench.
Excellent bench play usually starts with a guy known as the sixth man. The sixth man can bring energy when their name is called after the first break of the game. He can be as clutch as a starter when given the opportunity, and yes, he can be starting on about half of the other teams in the league.
The Sixth Man of the Year award goes to the player who can fill all of the above qualities, and this year is no different.
Here are five players who stand out more than the rest to have a shot at winning this award.