Over the past decade, the NBA Sixth-Man of the Year race has been dominated by shooting guards, with Lamar Odom being the only non-shooting guard to win the award since Antawn Jamison won it in 2004.
This should continue to be the case in 2012-13, as it seems like almost every team has a capable scoring guard playing significant minutes off the bench.
This year’s sixth-man race, however, lost its most formidable competitor when last year’s winner, James Harden, was traded to the Houston Rockets and subsequently signed to a five-year, $80 million max contract, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
Harden won’t be spending much time on the bench anymore, and his move to a starting role should open things up for other candidates hoping to take home the sixth-man trophy. Let’s take a look at this season’s top 10 candidates.