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Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams highlight stock watch for NBA 6th Man of the Year

We take a look at players who improved or hurt their stock to win 6th Man of the Year in 2020-21 heading into Week 3 of the season.

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) goes to the basket around Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

In our first edition of our Sixth Man of the Year stock watch, we saw Caris LeVert and Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz hold firm as the top-two candidates for the award. Both players are shooting exceptionally well off the bench and providing a spark for their respective teams.

However, Goran Dragic, Terrence Ross, and Chris Boucher also are starting to make some noise for the award. That being said, will any of these players be featured in this week’s stock watch? Let’s break it down below.

Stock Up

Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz (+500)

We did not highlight Clarkson in our inaugural rankings, but he’s been a flat-out scorer and shooter for the Jazz. This season, the 28-year-old is averaging 15 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game. He is also shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three-point range on 5.4 attempts per game.

This season, Clarkson has scored in double figures in four games and made at least two three-pointers in all five games. If Clarkson can continue to shoot between 35-40% from behind the arc and still average 15 ppg, then he should be a shoe-in for the award.

Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors (+2000)

Heading into this season, the 27-year-old big man was pegged for a larger role with Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka going elsewhere in free agency. Thus far, Boucher has stepped up and filled in admirably for the loss of the two players. This season, he is averaging 13.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in 20.2 minutes per game. Looking at the Raptors’ frontcourt situation, Boucher should have numerous opportunities to get extended minutes.

Stock Down

Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers (+1400)

The former Sixth Man of the Year award winner is shooting the ball well this season, but not nearly scoring enough to be warranted in this season’s award race. Williams is averaging 10.2 points per game, while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, and 42.9 percent from three-point range. This season, the 34-year-old is currently the fifth-leading scorer behind Ivica Zubac, Serge Ibaka, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard.

Danilo Gallinari, Atlanta Hawks (+2000)

The only reason why Gallinari is on the stock down is because he hasn’t played due to injury. The stretch forward has only played in two games this season. He is averaging 9.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 minutes per game.

If Gallo can get healthy, he should be able to help an Atlanta Hawks’ team that has been clicking on all cylinders.

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