NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams, who averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games, is the winner of the 2014-15 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced today.
The 6-1 guard becomes the first Raptors player to earn the honor.
Williams, in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, amassed 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished second with 324 points (33 first-place votes), and two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points (eight first-place votes).
Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala came in fourth place. He received seven first-place votes, 16 second-place votes and 17 third-place votes for a total of 100 points.
Warriors power forward/center Marreese Speights finished in seventh place, after receiving one first-place vote, two second-place votes and nine third-place votes.
Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. To be eligible for the award, players had to have come off the bench in more games than they started.
For a complete breakdown of the results, click here.
NBA media services contributed to this report.