Most teams typically have a go-to guy off the bench who provides extra scoring, play-making and leads the second unit on the court.
This player is pretty much a sixth starter, a sixth man.
This season, the Lakers have two of these players: Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson.
Williams is familiar to a reserve role, having won NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 2014-15 with the Toronto Raptors.
Clarkson, however, is not so used to coming off the bench, having started 117 games in first two years. But this year is different.
12 games into the season, Williams and Clarkson are second and third in scoring (15.6 and 14.8 ppg. (ESPN)) on a Lakers team that ranks third in the league in scoring and first in bench scoring
Williams is shooting about 40% from three and Clarkson nearly 50% from the field.
By the way, Williams only plays 22.5 minutes a game while Clarkson, slightly more, plays 26.3 minutes a game. (ESPN)
Yes, it is a small sample size of only 12 games, but the back-up backcourt has been playing well together and are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Perhaps we will see two players take home the Sixth Man of the Year award this season? If so, will they be called the, “Sixth and Seventh Men of the Year?” Or, “Twelfth Men of the Year?”