To be eligible to win the reserve role award, an NBA player must come off the bench in more games than they have started. To win the award he has to beat other Sixth Man of the Year award contenders:

Tristan Thompson (power forward/center, Cleveland Cavaliers) – started 31 of 70 games with averages of 7.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game

Will Barton (guard/forward, Denver Nuggets) – started 1 of 71 games with averages of 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.6 minutes per game.

Enes Kanter (center, Oklahoma City Thunder) – started 0 of 71 games with averages of 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game.

Ryan Anderson (forward, New Orleans Pelicans) – started 7 of 66 games with averages of 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game.

Jeremy Lin (guard, Charlotte Hornets) – started 11 of 68 games with averages of 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.0 minutes per game

The previous three winners for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award are Lou Williams (Toronto Raptors), Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers) and J.R. Smith (New York Knicks) from the previous three seasons.