NBA Sixth Man power rankings: 2 Heat players competing for award

There isn't a runaway favorite for Sixth Man on the Year. Can Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Duncan Robinson get their names in the race?

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1. Bogdan Bogdanović

Bogdan Bogdanovic
Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls / Jamie Sabau/GettyImages

Stats: 17.7 PPG 38.7 3P% 90 FT%

No one embodies what the reward has represented recently more than Atlanta Hawk flamethrower Bogdan Bogdanović. If you want consistency, check. If you want efficiency, check. The only thing missing from his 6MOY argument is winning. That hasn't played a significant role in the past, but every season is different. 

Bogdanović is shooting the rock better than some potential NBA All-Stars. He's made 99 3s through 29 games. That's more than Damian Lillard, Tyrese Maxey, Paul George, and Jalen Brunson. Scoring and shooting is Bogdanvić's sole role primarily, but he's playing it to a T. 

He's not to blame for the Hawks's turbulent start. According to Cleaning The Glass, Atlanta is 7.9 points better with Bogdanović on the floor. That number is much better than the Hawks with starting off-guard Dejounte Murray on the court (-2.5). 

Only four players have made more 3s than him this season-- Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Desmond Bane, and Trae Young. That's it, that's the list. Austin Reaves is the current betting favorite for 6MOY, but the race is undoubtedly wide open. Jaquez may solidy his name in the coversation soon. The same goes for Duncan Robinson and the players on the shortlist.

Honorable Mentions: Malik Monk. Immanuel Quickley, Naz Reid, Caris LeVert, Trey Murphy III

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