Sunday , Nov , 25 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Sixth Man Role In Ben Gordon, Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, & Jamario Moon’s Future?

But there are advantages to being a reserve. The sixth man has the green light to shoot and is expected to change the flow of the game. For example, Leandro Barbosa pressures defenses with his speed, while Mike Miller keeps opponents off balance with his outside range …

Most NBA players prefer starting to coming off the bench. Starters play more minutes, take more shots, and typically make more money.

Over the weekend, New Jersey guard Vince Carter relinquished his starting position and volunteered to serve as sixth man. An unselfish act-indeed. But VC will soon be back in the Nets’ opening five.

Being a reserve has some advantages. The sixth man has the green light to shoot and is expected to change the flow of the game. For example, Leandro Barbosa pressures defenses with his speed, while Mike Miller keeps opponents off balance with his outside range.

Here are a few players who should consider becoming hired guns off the bench.

Ben Gordon

Why: By moving to the pine, Gordon wouldn’t have to worry about carrying Chicago’s anemic offense. He could check-in and just fire away. In the past, Gordon has thrived as the Bulls’ sixth man, winning the award for top reserve in 2004-05. (Loul Deng would slide to the two-spot and create a size mismatch on offense)

Steve Francis

Why: Francis plays with passion.  His enthusiasm off the bench helped Houston snap their losing streak against Denver on Saturday. And with regular minutes Francis could blossom into a top sixth man.  

Stephon Marbury

Why: I know. The mere mention of coming off-the-pine led to Marbury throwing a temper tantrum and threatening Coach Thomas.

However, the Starbury show is winding down in New York. Other teams may have some interest in the former All-Star, but only as a reserve.

Marbury should model the next stage of his career after Dallas wing Jerry Stackhouse. The Maverick has made a seamless transition to the bench.

Jamario Moon

Why: This modern day Rudy is playing well enough to start for Toronto. Down the line, Moon’s athleticism and positive attitude would make him an ideal sixth man. His hustle and smile are infectious.

Who would make the best sixth man: Gordon, Francis, Marbury, or Moon? Get at us in the comment box with your thoughts.

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