LeBron James and the Cavaliers look just about done after dropping the first two game of the NBA Finals by a total of 48 points. It’s reasonable to count them out given that only three teams in league history have rallied from down 2-0.
The sixth man can be a game-changer for NBA teams, and there were several starting-caliber threats coming off the bench this season.
The Palm Beach Post had a vote in this year’s Sixth Man Award, and here were the picks:
1. Andre Iguodala, Golden State
2. Ryan Anderson, New Orleans
3. Will Barton, Denver
Iguodala averaged 27 minutes per game off the bench for the Warriors this year and was part of the deadliest lineup in the game. He is a lockdown defender with the versatility to play multiple positions at both ends of the court and would be a starter on most teams.
His averages of seven points, four rebounds and 3.4 assists per game are nothing spectacular, but he shot 47.8 percent from the field and 35.1 percent on 3-pointers. He averaged a plus/minus of plus-7.0 per game this year.