Updated NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award Favorites Heading into March

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Updated NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award Favorites Heading into March
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As more NBA teams embrace the superstar collective started by the Boston Celtics and since undertaken by the Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, the value of the NBA's sixth man has been apparently lost.

By those teams that don't have one, at least.

For some coaches, delving into the second unit is akin to throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks.

For the lucky ones, though, a second unit is nothing more than a continuation of the starting five. There's a leader in place, and he's often capable of balancing his own numbers with those of his reserve peers.

It's those leaders that often push their teams to championship heights. And, deservedly so, it's those same leaders that dominate the list of past winners of the Sixth Man of the Year award.

But which of these leaders have separated themselves from the pack? Which ones have put their respective teams in position for a lengthy playoff run and themselves in good position to add individual hardware at the season's end?

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