Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award
Points Per Game: 18.4, 19.8
Rebounds Per Game: 7.4, 9.0
Assists Per Game: 1.3, 1.8
Blocks Per Game: 1.5, 1.5
Steals Per Game: 0.3, 0.4
Go figure! Kevin McHale, one of the greatest power forwards, and Boston Celtic to ever play the game started less than half the games he played in? McHale played in 971 career games and only started 400 of those games!
McHale was a beast down low. With his 7'7 wingspan. He used every inch of that to his advantage. He was not the quickest or fastest player on the court. But he combined his length, with his high basketball IQ, to play great defense, and use those soft hands to score around the basket.
McHale coming off the bench played a key role along with all-time great, Larry Bird in the teams championship run in the 1984 season.
As you can see in the headline, McHale won this award twice in back-to-back seasons.
Though, in the 1984-85 season McHale did start 30 games near the end of the season after a knee injury to Cedric Maxwell.
McHale is the the top player to ever win this award for many reason. He made all-stars, lead the Celtics to championships. And did most of this coming off of the bench.