Why Jason Terry Deserves the NBA's Sixth Man Award

Jimmy SurmonteCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

Lamar Odom - 11.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.3 BPG

J.R. Smith - 15.2 PPG, 2.8 APG, 3.7 RPG

Nate Robinson - 17.2 PPG, 4.1 APG, 1.4 SPG

Manu Ginobili - 15.5 PPG, 3.6 APG

Travis Outlaw - 12.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG

Jason Terry - 19.6 PPG, 3.4 APG, 1.3 SPG

Lamar Odom doesn't win games for his team like Jason Terry.

J.R. Smith can't electrify the crowd quite like Jason Terry.

Travis Outlaw doesn't put fear into other coaches the way Jason Terry does.

The Jet had a 46.2 percent shooting average and 158 Three Pointers made.

He also averaged six points in the fourth quarter, good for 10th best in the NBA.

If it weren't for Jason Terry, the Mavericks would not have reached a milestone of eight consecutive 50-win seasons. They would not have gained the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

I could shoot numbers and statistics and facts at you all day to plead my case. But Jason Terry wouldn't want it that way. Because when it comes to Jason Terry, it's all about the TEAM FIRST and WINNING.

When Rick Carlisle was introduced as the Dallas Mavericks new head coach, he didn't know what to expect.

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The team he inherited had seven consecutive 50-win seasons and had a line-up with a majority of its players still in tact from a team that had reached the NBA Finals in 2006.

The first player to make initial contact with Coach Carlisle was Jason Terry. Also referred to as "Instant Offense," The Jet was the first Dallas player to make the new coach's life a little easier.

He told his coach he was ready for whatever role he had planned for him.

The Jet even offered to come off the bench if it improved the Mavericks' chances of winning.

Before that conversation was over, Carlisle knew what type of person Jason Terry was.

During the season, Coach Carlisle had this to say about Jason:

"Most players would want to start and would feel that not starting would probably not be in their best personal interests, because it's going to reduce your minutes and takes away an opportunity to get right into shot-making warm-ups."

"The thing I respect and admire most about JET is he's a team guy. He wants to make it about winning."

"A lot of that has to do with the attitude he's taken. If he didn't have an upbeat, positive feeling, it could have gone the other way. He's a glass-half-full guy."

Right before the All-Star break, as the JET was cementing himself as the best sixth-man halfway through the season, he injured his hand and missed eight games.

Dirk Nowitzki had this to say about him and the situation:

"He almost had tears in his eyes; that's how much he cares. We told him we got this one for him and we would hold down the fort. He's the best sixth man in the league and we'll miss him dearly."

This is what Jason Terry had to say about himself:

"I think what fans like about me is I'm real and I don't see them any different than me. It's all about me being a kid at heart and loving the game and realizing that anyone of those 20,000 fans would love to be in my position."

These quotes are a little inside peek into what Jason Eugene Terry means to his coach, his teammates, his fans and the city of Dallas, on the court.

Off the court, The Jet is the same exact loyal, put me-second man.

In November, he was given the NBA Community Assist Award for his charitable work.

He hasn't won the award JUST YET. But, I just thought for once, we should look at the MAN behind the Sixth-Man Award. Not just the numbers, statistics, averages and dumb box score totals, which decide who wins the award.

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