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How Jamal Crawford became the NBA's quintessential 6th Man

How Jamal Crawford became the NBA's quintessential 6th Man
Published On: Thu, Jan 24
Apr 27, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) takes a 3 point shot in the second half of game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Trail Blazers won 108-98. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns guard Jamal Crawford played his 1,300th game to such little fanfare, not even his own head coach knew about the milestone.

Crawford became just the 22nd player in NBA history to reach the 1,300-game plateau last Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. But there was no celebration, no announcement in the arena, no acknowledgment from fans, and Crawford's achievement was barely mentioned on the broadcast. Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov, unaware of the benchmark, called it "trivia" when reminded of it earlier in the week.

Perhaps the muted reception reflects the underwhelming path Crawford is pursuing toward the end of an otherwise proud career. Crawford isn't ring chasing, as most other veterans would at his age. He's serving as an unglorified bench piece and is averaging six points and three assists for the forgettable Phoenix Suns in his 19th season.

Or perhaps there just isn't enough appreciation for what it means to be the best sixth man, because Crawford is undoubtedly one of the greatest to ever do it.

He's the only three-time winner of the Sixth Man of the Year Award, he's sixth all-time in 3-pointers made, and barring injury will finish top 20 in games played - somewhere between Artis Gilmore and Gary Payton - when the 2018-19 season ends. He's also just the second player ever to score 10,000-plus points off the bench.

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