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Breaking Down the Top Candidates for NBA's 6th Man of the Year
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J.R. Smith is trying to earn Sixth Man of the Year honors.

The best teams in the NBA rely on their bench to give them a spark. Just the fact there is a Sixth Man of the Year Award is an indication of this.

A team can’t win with just five players; it's contributions from the bench that turns a franchise into a contender.

There have been many players step up in their bench roles this season and lead their respective teams when the starters need a rest.

Some of the same faces are continuing their excellence as sixth men, but we’ve seen some new players make a strong case the league's best bench player.

Let’s take a look at them.

 

 

 

**All statistics courtesy of ESPN.

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