The awards are not over. Here's a look at who the Celtics' best bench player was (with less than 40 starts for the year).
Kris Humphries. Humphries was a pleasant surprise off the bench for the C's, and even after receiving very few minutes in the early going, the 10-year veteran never complained and ultimately played hard when he did finally get his opportunity. The 29-year-old's strong rebounding and consistent hustle made him an important player for Boston as the season went along.
Jerryd Bayless, and consider this a plea to Danny Ainge to bring this guy back. We've had a lot of combo guards come through the the TD Garden doors over the last few months, but nobody with the success of Bayless. I loved Jordan Crawford and before him, Courtney Lee, but Bayless has shown an ability to both play off of Rondo as 2 and with Avery Bradley as a point better than all of them. Like Humphries, he's another guy that Danny should that think long and hard about when considering who to bring back in 2015.
Jerryd Bayless. He's played very well, especially down the stretch.
Fordescort Kris Humpries, he provided the C's a nice spark off the bench and much needed size, rebounding, scoring and physical defense in the front court which was very much needed considering the C's shortage of legit bigs once again this year.
Courtney Lee: After looking like a "bust" during his first season in Boston, Courtney Lee came back a new player this year. In 30 games with the Celtics, Lee played only 16.8 minutes per game, but he was highly productive, averaging 7.4 points on a 55.5 eFG percentage. Of course, Lee was traded, but I think he played enough games at a high enough level to warrant the award.
Brad Stevens has used a number of starting lineups over the course of the season and for many reasons. Whether it was mixing and matching to see what works or choosing guys to fill in for their injured teammates, it doesn't matter. As a result, there hasn't really been one consistent "first guy off the bench" set in stone. But, if I had to choose one I'd probably go with Jerryd Bayless.
Bayless was acquired around the official mid-point of the campaign and has had some success playing as a combo-guard in Stevens' system. Through 40-plus games, the Arizona product has averaged just over 10 points per game on 42 and 40 percent shooting from the floor and beyond the arc, respectively.
A sixth man can provide his club with a number of things but in Jerryd's case it's definitely scoring. Although his minutes are sometimes up and down, he's a pretty good bet to get you 10-12 points every night he takes the floor. No contest, Bayless is my sixth man.
I'd go with Kris Humphries. He was the bench version of Brandon Bass. Consistent, hard working, and once in a while provided a spark. He was everything you could have asked for from a backup big, and much more than what I expected given his reputation coming in. He was a solid pro throughout and he's welcome back on this team next year (at a much reduced price tag) as far as I'm concerned.
How about you? Who would you say was the Celtics' 6th Man?