Sixth Man of the Year
The Sixth Man of the Year award is given to the best bench player in the NBA. This reflects on the impact the player makes coming off the bench on both ends of the floor.
Joe Harris, who re-signed with the Brooklyn Nets on a two-year, $16 million deal, is the best Nets candidate.
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Harris has been with the Brooklyn Nets the past two seasons and has played extremely well off the bench. When coming off the bench, Harris acknowledges his role and does it consistently.
On the offensive end, Harris is one of Brooklyn’s best 3-point shooters. He shoots the 3-ball best off catch-and-shoot plays and can get his shot off very quickly. Harris shot the three-ball at 41.9 percent, averaging 4.6 attempts per game, during the 2017-18 season.
The Nets wing is not just a strong 3-point shooter. He has a solid mid-range game. Harris can shoot the mid-range jumper at a high level and is one of Brooklyn’s best mid-range shooters.
He shot the mid-range ball 58.9 percent last season. Harris likes to shoot from the top of the key or from the corner.
To go along with his mid-range shooting is his driving game. Harris is a fearless driver who embraces contact and can finish with both hands. He uses his quick speed and agility to his advantage when driving which is a big key to his success.
On the defensive end, Harris is one of Brooklyn’s best 3-and-D defenders. He plays lock-down defense on the corners and reads the defense well. Harris uses his speed and quickness to deflect passes and force turnovers. He is also not afraid to take on bigger opponents.
Out of all of the Nets candidates for the selective awards, Harris has the best chance of being a finalist for the Sixth Man award. He has been consistent each season off the bench.
Despite quickly re-signing with the Brooklyn Nets, Harris was considered one of the best wings on the market. Keep in mind, Harris was a bench role player.
He has gained popularity since his arrival in Brooklyn and it would come to not surprise if Harris had another consistent year in 2018-19, he will become a finalist for the award.