At the end of each NBA season, the Sixth Man of the Year award is given out to the player voters feel makes the best contribution off the bench. Since the 1982-1983 season, 26 players have won this honor.
While these winners could easily be a starter on most teams in the league, their respective coaches use them to bolster the reserve units.
Most are impressive scorers who can create instant offense off the bench, while others have made impressive contributions rebounding, playing defense or making plays.
This article takes a look back through NBA history to rank the award winners per season. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts about these rankings, especially if a player was done a “gross injustice” and ranked too low.