SALT LAKE CITY — The NBA Playoffs just got underway and the Utah Jazz are already winners.
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Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson was named the NBA's 2020-21 Sixth Man of the Year on Monday, beating out teammate Joe Ingles and Knicks guard Derrick Rose. During a live interview on TNT, Ingles surprised Clarkson with the trophy.
Clarkson received a total of 65 first-place votes from the panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, while Ingles took 34 and finished in second place.
Joe Ingles hands Jordan Clarkson the #KiaSixth Man of the Year trophy 🎶 pic.twitter.com/pamxUATDqb— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 24, 2021
Clarkson averaged a career-high 18.4 points, 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 68 games this season, helping the Jazz claim the top seed in the Western Conference.
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The 28-year-old who was acquired in a 2019 trade with the Cavaliers is the first Jazz player to be named Sixth Man of the Year.