NBA: The Sixth Man All-Star Team

Keff Ciardello@@bobcatkeffCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

NBA: The Sixth Man All-Star Team

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    Which one of these Celtics bench players mad the team?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    The NBA is stockpiled with a lot of talented basketball players. So many, that there are a bunch of guys that never really get the credit they deserve.

    Sure, there are plenty of players that get snubbed each year for the All-Star game, but what about those off-the-bench warriors that come into the game and change the tempo?

    Don't they deserve to be recognized at the All-Star weekend?

    This is the list (up for debate, of course) of the top sixth men in the NBA.

1. Point Guard: Aaron Brooks

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    Aaron Brooks, last year's Comeback Player of the Year, season has been slightly stalled ever since he went down with an ankle injury early in the year. During Brooks' absence, Kyle Lowry has established himself as the Houston's premiere point guard, leaving Brooks to come off the bench.

    However, Brooks has been a solid contributor averaging 12.2 points and four assists.

2. Shooting Guard :Jamal Crawford

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    2010 reigning Sixth Man of the Year is still getting it done, even if his Atlanta Hawks aren't.

    A would be starter on most teams, Crawford comes off Atlanta's bench to average 16 points a game.

3. Small Forward: Lamar Odom

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    Odom, considered by many to be named this year's Sixth Man of the Year, uses his length and veteran experience to be an offensive and defensive force for the Lakers.

4. Power Forward: Glen Davis

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    Big Baby has been a monster for the surging Celtics, coming off of the bench to provide energy and tenacity.

    His stats, 11 points and six rebounds, aren't amazing, but it's hard to find room in the stat sheet with a stacked team.

5. Center: Marcin Gortat

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    The Suns newly acquired Polish center has shown that maybe he can be the big man Phoenix has needed. He has had some terrific games coming off the bench, including a 25 point, 11 rebound game in New Orleans, followed by a 19 point, 11 rebound game against the Bucks.

1. Reserve/Honorable Mention: Jason Terry

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    JET has been coming off of the bench and raining threes for the Mavericks for years, this year being no different as he averages 18 points a game.

    However, injuries to Dallas players have at times forced him into the starting lineup.

2. Reserve/Honorable Mention: George Hill

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    Spurs head coach Greg Popovich hails George Hill as his favorite player. Hill can play either the one or two spot with a wing span that disrupts passes down the middle of the lane.

    He also has the ability to drive the ball in the paint or spot up and shoot a three.

3. Reserve/Honorable Mention: J.R. Smith

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    Lost in all the trade talk with Carmelo Anthony, J.R. has come on strong off the bench after a slow start, averaging 11 points a game.

    Not to mention his acrobatic plays are incredible to watch.