Joe Ingles surprised his Utah Jazz teammate Jordan Clarkson with his trophy for winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Jordan Clarkson found out he won the NBA‘s Sixth Man of the Year Award in the coolest way.
During an interview on Inside the NBA on TNT, Utah Jazz teammate Joe Ingles dropped the news with a single number.
How many Utah players have won the Sixth Man Award? Clarkson thought the answer was zero. Ingles informed him it’s actually one.
Add that to the great Inside The NBA moments over the year.
Jordan Clarkson won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for 2020-21
Clarkson was a worthy winner of the award. He averaged 18.4 points per game during the regular season, which was second for the Jazz even though he made just one start. He was traded to Utah from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019 and has definitely made himself an asset in his two seasons.
Only Montrezl Harrell came close to matching Clarkson’s scoring off the bench this year, and he was 299 points off the leader, per StatMuse.
Voters recognized his impact off the bench with a runaway victory. He had 65 first-place votes and 407 total points. Ingles, his teammate, came in second with 34 first-place votes and 272 points.
Ingles has been a 3-point savant this season, hitting 45.1 percent of his shots from distance. He’s averaged 12.1 points for a career-high output. Even though he didn’t take the award himself, it was clear just how excited he was for his teammate.
Clarkson, Ingles and the Jazz will attempt to get their playoffs back on track on Wednesday night when they face the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2. Memphis took the first meeting with a surprise victory, but Utah will have leading scorer Donovan Mitchell back in the lineup this time. He’s returning from a month-long absence because of an ankle sprain.