Tyler Herro won in 2021/2022 after he averaged 20.7 PPG for the No. 1 seed Heat. In 2018 and 2019, Lou Williams averaged better than 20 PPG for the Clippers and earned the trophy.
Oddly enough, five of the last 10 winners have played for the Clippers. Los Angeles doesn’t have any players that figure to contend for the award this season. There is, however, a clear favorite.
Golden State’s Jordan Poole stands atop the field with Herro a few steps behind. Those two are well ahead of the rest, and the odds lengthen rather quickly as you scroll down the candidates at SI Sportsbook.
So will Poole become the first player in franchise history to win Sixth Man of the Year? Will Herro go back-to-back like Williams did? Will a long shot beat those two out for the hardware?
2022/2023 6th Man of the Year Odds
It feels like Poole has a leg up on the competition in the Sixth Man of the Year field and the odds certainly reflect that. Poole was a full-time starter for the defending champs for more than half the season and he also started a handful of games during the playoff run. With Klay Thompson out for most of the year, the third-year guard was relied on to play 30 minutes per game, the third-most on the team, and he excelled in that expanded role.
Poole upped his scoring average from 12.5 PPG to 18.5 last season and improved his field-goal, three-point and free-throw percentages, all on higher volume. When Thompson returned to the starting lineup for the Warriors, Poole became coach Steve Kerr’s first substitute off the bench.
The minutes Steph Curry, Thompson and Poole played together—the Poole Party, if you will—were proof of concept that this trio, with their limitless range, can share the floor with ease.As long as Poole doesn’t end up starting too many games this will be his award to lose. It’s fair to project Poole for close to 20 PPG and his role as a member of the closing lineup on one of the best teams in basketball will only add to what should be a strong case.
Hyland had a strong rookie season as the backup to Monte Morris. Denver’s late first-round pick averaged 10.1 PPG, added a handful of rebounds and assists and shot the three ball relatively well on his way to an All-Rookie team. Hyland did all this with relatively limited playing time. His 19.9 minutes per game were the lowest of any of the All-Rookie nominees.
Portis wants this. He said as much on Twitter in early September when asked what his goal for the coming season was. “6th man,” he replied. Well, alright. The Bucks surely know how important Portis is to their goal of getting back to the summit as they signed him to a four-year, $49-million deal in the offseason.