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Jordan Clarkson is the 6th Man Of The Year There’s No Debating It.

Jordan Clarkson has separated himself from the rest of the pack when it comes to the 6th man of the year award. While everyone is debating on who deserves the MVP award from national media to us here at vendetta from myself choosing Harden, Garret Picking Jokic, and Trey Chiming in giving praise to Chris Paul. Even deciding who the frontrunner for the DPOY award is proving to be difficult. With teammates, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid both believing they deserve the award and Rudy Gobert also looking to win his third.

Coach of the year and the Most improved player also have multiple candidates to make the case for winning those awards. As the NBA season winds down the debates for each award will only increase. But luckily Jordan Clarkson has made the 6th man of the year award an easy choice. He has completely changed how fans and media view him since becoming a member of the Utah Jazz and his play this season is a big reason why they are one of the best teams in the league.

Before Clarkson Joined the Utah Jazz he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It wasn’t pretty nor was it a perfect fit. Playing alongside LeBron James who often dictated who got the ball and where they got it did not do Jordan Clarkson’s game any favors. Clarkson is the kind of player that needs the ball in his hand to make an impact on the game. So when he was traded to the Utah Jazz, a team at the time that was missing a true scorer off the bench ranking 29th in bench scoring this season he joined. It was the best thing that could happen for his career.

Jordan Clarkson is easily the best 6th man this year

Now in his 2nd full season with the Jazz, he is averaging 17.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.2 APG on a career-high 15 attempts per game, and leading the NBA in FT%. The Jazz are one of the best teams in the league currently holding the top record across the entire NBA and Clarkson is a huge contributor. The Jazz currently ranks 7th in bench scoring at 37.4 points per game far off from the 31.4 PPG they had before Clarkson joined. He is currently leading all bench player’s in scoring who have at least played in 30 games. Clarkson has been playing out of his mind this season nailing tough clutch shots and has scored over 30 off the bench twice this season.

Clarkson could be a starter on multiple teams this season if given the opportunity but he has bought into the Jazz culture and it has paid off in a big way. No other player this year has come close to having the same impact off the bench that Clarkson has had for the Jazz. There is no debating that he is the 6th man of the year and so long as he stays with the Jazz, this may not be the only season he will win the award.