With the incumbent Sixth Man of the Year James Harden shipped off to Houston and presumably into a starting role, the race for this award just got blown open again.
Some of my favored picks:
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs - the 35 year old veteran looks to resume the role he spent most of last season as, rather than the starter he was in the 2010-11 season, the start, and the end of the Spurs' season. Given his per-minute production and role as the top playmaker off the Spurs' bench, he could have a good chance at winning the award - but given that he achieved insane stats in his 2008 Sixth Man of the Year season, that could be a tough act to repeat. Key to winning: Health
Ray Allen, Miami Heat - Although he's nowhere as important to the Heat as Ginobili is to the Spurs - after all, they still have a guy named LeBron James, who's pretty good at basketball last I heard - he will further improve a dimension that proved to be important for the Heat: Three point shooting. Adding the greatest long distance shooter of the 2000s to a team which thrives on its Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to open up space for shooters wouldn't hurt. Plus, he doesn't have to force an offense to run through him. Key to winning: knock down the open looks the Big Three give him
Any picks of yours RealGMers?
Those are solid choices... I think a real sleeper pick could be Lou Williams, look for him to make an impact off the bench
also, will Ben Gordon return to form?