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Jordan Clarkson named NBA 6th Man of the Year

Behind a career-high season, Jordan Clarkson has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Filipino-American basketball sensation Jordan Clarkson has taken home the NBA Sixth Man Award after contributing solid numbers for Utah off the bench.

As announced on Tuesday, Clarkson got a total of 407 points off votes from 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Clarkson was a runaway winner after getting most of the first place votes with 65 against teammate Joe Ingles' 34 and Derrick Rose's one.

Clarkson became the first Jazz player to receive the said honor in franchise history.

Ingles finished second to Clarkson with 272 points, the first time in league history that teammates finished in the Top 2 in the Sixth Man voting.

Ingles himself handed the trophy to Clarkson in an interview with TNT's Ernie Johnson prior to the start of the scheduled NBA Playoffs doubleheader.

Rose, who put up a vintage performance with New York reminiscent of his 2011 MVP days with Chicago, came in third with 77 points.

Clarkson averaged a career-high 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.7 minutes in 69 games this season for Utah, 68 of which coming off the bench.

Behind the exploits of Clarkson, Ingles, and key starters Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the team finished with the best record this season at 52-20.

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