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Ranking Early Candidates for NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award

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Ranking Early Candidates for NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award
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Ray Allen, along with a few others, is among the favorites for Sixth Man of the Year.

Among the most beloved roles in basketball, the sixth man is expected to come off the bench and give his squad solid production and sustain the energy established by the starting unit.

Whether it's providing timely three-pointers or running the offense while your floor general is catching a breather, a solid bench can make all the difference between a win and a loss.

Although the Sixth Man of the Year doesn’t necessarily have to be a scorer, there is a considerable bias toward those who do so—as evidenced by our most recent winners of the award.

Let’s break down the top five early candidates for the league’s best off-the-bench role player.

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