It was believed to be a close race for this season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year award between Boston Celtics’ Malcolm Brogdon and New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Quickle.
On Thursday, Brogdon was announced as the winner, and the close race that had been expected never materialized, as he won the majority of first-place votes for the award.
Malcolm Brogdon was the clear favorite for Sixth Man of the Year 🏆 pic.twitter.com/0R2fP8OU6E
– NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 20, 2023
Brogdon earned the Sixth Man of the Year award while averaging 14.9 points on 48.4 percent overall shooting and 44.4 percent from 3-point range and helped the Celtics to a 57–25 record, second best in the league. .
But many fans on Twitter felt that he did not deserve it.
Tbh Brogdon wasn’t worth it 😂
— Cody Carwardine (@CodyCarwardine) April 21, 2023
This fan thinks Quickly should have won the award.
— ThisIsMyIsUs3rnam3 (@ThisIsMyIsUser1) April 20, 2023
The New York reserve averaged 14.9 points per game in the regular season, but his shooting accuracy (44.8 percent overall and 37.0 percent from downtown) was not at Brogdon’s level of efficiency.
These two fans had someone else in mind: Bobby Portis of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Garbage Bobby was robbed!
— TheRealTruth72 (@Truth72Real) April 20, 2023
@bportisttime robbed the big time man
— Parker Vrana (@Parker_Vrana) April 20, 2023
Portis had a good season himself, averaging 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 49.6 percent of his shots and 37.0 percent from beyond the arc.
He has been a key reserve for the Bucks over the past three seasons, and he helped them win the NBA championship in 2021.
But Brogdon made a significant impact on a Boston team that had a very weak bench last season, when they lost the world title to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The Celtics still ranked just 20th in bench scoring during the regular season, but they no longer suffer major losses when they switch to their second unit or when Jason Tatum is resting.
Malcolm Brogdon takes home a major prize