These players have been overlooked and often forgotten by NBA fans but each of them have a key role on their team.
10th season in the NBA.
We have to give credit when credit is due. Without Eric Gordon and his production off the bench, the rockets would have wayyy more losses than they do now.
Last year Eric Gordon won 6th man of the year averaging 16 points per game.
Eric Gordon has developed a dangerous jump shot after he suffered an injury in 2011.
Gordon has always been a starter while playing for the Clippers and New Orleans but now he has found his fit as the 6th man.
In the lost vs Golden State, Gordon had 30 points while playing in the starting lineup.
He is currently averaging 19 points per game and playing the next man up role since Harden is injured.
Playing alongside the Greek Freak, Khris Middleton is doing what needs to be done to help the bucks on their run to the playoffs.
Khris Middleton was never supposed to be as good as he is now. He was drafted in the 2nd round 39th pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
People may know of him or have heard his name but he is often forgotten.
He is currently averaging 20 points per game and a key player on the Milwaukee Bucks
In the win vs Indiana, Middleton had 27 points while shooting 65% from the field.
The 12th year veteran has been all over the league. He has played with Allen Iverson during Iverson’s prime so he was forced to take a backseat and to be the 6th man.
He has been with Atlanta for a few years, Toronto, Lakers, Houston, back to lakers again, and now the clippers.
Each year he has played, he gave each team great production off the bench averaging roughly 14 points per game.
Since the trade of CP3, it has opened up more opportunities at the guard position. Even though Lou Williams hasn’t left the 6th man role, he is producing starting 5 quality numbers.
He is currently averaging 22 points per game and one of the reasons why the clippers have some relevance.
In the lost vs OKC, Williams had a double-double with 26 points and 10 assists.
Again we have to give credit when credit is due.
Terry Rozier III.
Can we say Terry Rozier is in the running for the 6th man of the year award?
Since the Hayward Injury, a lot of the young players on the Celtics had to play the next man up role and be resilient to move forward.
Rozier was one of the guys who stepped up and showed the Boston organization that he was worth the 16 pick in the 2015 draft.
In the last 5 games, Rozier has been 15 points a game, shooting 58% from the field and 46% from the three while coming off the bench with Marcus smart.
In the game vs the Cavs, Rozier had 20 key points shooting 67% from the field and just torched the Cavs 2nd lineup lead by d wade.
I’ve always been a CJ back when he was coming off the bench in his early Portland days.
He is the 2nd man behind Damian Lillard but he never gets the credit he deserves.
Watching CJ, its seems like his game has just sky rocketed overnight. In fact it did.
In the first two years of CJ’s career, he averaged 6 points per game. He must have really worked hard on his game because in his 3rd year, CJ became an overnight all-star averaging 20 points per game.
Portland has always been struggling with in the West with them barely holding on to the 7th seed.
In the lost vs the powerhouse Cavs, McCollum had 19 points 5 Rebs and 4 assists.
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