Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 at 2:34 pm  |  43 responses

Jason Terry Named Top Bench Player

by Ryne Nelson

Just look at the numbers. We’re not going into intangibles because, clearly, Jason Terry certainly brings a ton of them. Here’s hard data: 19.6 points, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals per. Eighth in the NBA in three-pointers made (167), 88 percent from the line, 46.3 percent from the field, and 36.6 percent from the land of plenty.

His 63 games off the pine are by far the most in his career, but he recorded his second-highest scoring average while in this new role. Eddie Sefko of The Morning-News believes that the Mavs wouldn’t have hit the 50-win plateau without Terry’s play.

Terry had been a starter virtually his whole career, but his scoring this season was just one-tenth off of his career best 19.7 points accomplished in his second season. His ability to come off the bench and heat up quickly was a terrific weapon for the Mavericks this season.

Terry said recently that this had been an enlightening season for him in many respects as he learned the subtleties of coming off the bench and providing an offensive spark.

Just like the COY, DPOY and ROY (and soon to be named MVP), the Sixth man Award wasn’t much of a competition. But the case can still be made against choosing Terry. Charles Barkley eliminated him from the conversation because “Terry’s a starter for that team.” Charles had a point. Terry played the third-most minutes of any Maverick and his 33.7 per are more than any Sixth Man winner in history.

Then again, who else could honest get the award? Birdman?

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  • malanacream

    first :O

  • Superman Osman

    33.7 minutes and still gets it? Do they even have any criteria for this prize? I say BG. Wait, that’s just too bias forget it.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Throw out the argument that he was a starter. So was Hondo for the old Celtics and he’s the godfather of the award. Come to think of it, if Scal didn’t get hurt this would have been his award.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Gordon? Superman, sure BG could’ve been robbed two seasons ago, when he averaged 21.4 points in 31 games off the bench (51 as a starter). Even that year, though, he played less minutes than Terry is now.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    My soul took a hit seeing that Chris Quinn wasn’t even mentioned.

  • Superman Osman

    Thank you for addressing that matter. I mean a sixth man is suppose to be a guy that changes the impact of the game if his team is struggling, make his own impact from time to time, and do that with less minutes as possible. I mean shouldn’t Ariza even be considered as a better candidate when you compare the PPG/Minutes ratio?

  • Sparker

    thank you for bringing up chris quinn

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo


  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Keyon Dooling!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Gerard, I love the homer pick. In fairness, he was the Nets only solid and consistent bench player all year. Dooling had a nice season.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Superman, while efficiency is key for a bench player, you might have hit the nail on the head about the impact on the game. Terry definitely makes a strong impact when he comes in and so does Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza. Birdman is the energizer bunny.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Jason Terry deserved this. Congrats!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    JR Smith woulda been a good choice. And, as previously mentioned on this site, Ariza has had an outstanding season as a true “bench player”. But I can’t really take anything away from the Jet, especially since Manu won the award recently while baically playing the exact same role, albeit in a few less minutes a night.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    …Odom and Birdman certainly deserve a nod as well…

  • Danny W

    Bobby Jackson?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Brian Scalabrine!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Upon receiving the award, Terry will break into that stupid plane imitation.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    They got this one right. Now if only Terry and Dirk could get some buckets against the Spurs.

  • Tommy Patron

    Nut punch!

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    Jr shoulda got it

  • Luke

    Nate Robinson, ass.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    JR Smith should of tied for first place with Terry as they both were equally effective coming of the bench

  • vmcb

    What? no Kapono???

  • http://myspace.com/2grownup2beshownup Jack

    Yes, no Kapono. This should have been J.R Smith’s award, because he is more of a true 6th man than anyone else considered.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I don’t know if this is going to rile a few round-ball feathers but…do we really need a 6th man award? This reminds me of the year Sam Cassell got the award for Houston, they would basically start the game with a tip off, and call subs 2 mins later and sub Sam in off the bench…!? It is an award that undermines the integrity of the game, I feel.

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Tarence Kinsey

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    travis outlaw

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Ryne, had to mention Dooling man, no one else did! So forgive me for the homer-ism.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Congrats Jet II. Award well deserved. No surprises so far for these awards, so can we hand LBJ the MVP already?

  • John

    Trevor Ariza.

  • :) :) :)

    JR defo ahd a good season,i would of went with him personally,

    but it has to be mentioned travis outlaw was a impressive bench scorer for the blazers.

    JR or Travis

    Terry a no go,

  • I am the walrus

    James White…

  • larrylegend

    can we have the voting results as for coy?

  • larrylegend

    and roy?

  • mr. carter

    JR shoulda got it. No doupt.

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Lil’ Nate? The Tiny Firestarter?

  • Josh D

    They should change this award into bench player of the year or something so you don’t get players of All Star caliber winning it

  • Feng

    Birdman should’ve won.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Flip Murray

  • Shironak

    Dont forget the power donker who does all the necessary tough work for the team Green: Reon Powe.

  • Alex Reed

    ‘lil Nate can’t even get a mention? I know he’s hated on outside of NYC but still…