Bobby Portis – Sixth Man of the Year
It was another strong season from the Bucks’ sixth man, who was yet again amongst those looking to win the Sixth Man of the Year award last season. Off the bench, he registered the most double-doubles of any reserve in the entire NBA with 23, per StatMuse.
In the end, he finished third in Sixth Man of the Year voting behind the New York Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley and the then Boston Celtics’ Malcolm Brogdon, whose change in team may impact his chance at repeating.
His ability to score on all levels has been critical to Milwaukee since he arrived, and now into the second year of his contract, he will be looking to continue to have that impact from the bench that earned him the nickname of the Mayor of Milwaukee. The energy he brings is infectious, and he is forever a crowd favorite.
Last season, he averaged 14.1 points on almost 50 percent shooting, with 9.6 rebounds that are vital when either Giannis or Lopez leave the floor; the team’s rebounding ability is still strong with Portis on the floor.
If Portis can keep that regular season form up and continue having a big impact off the bench, he has a huge chance at winning the award he has been in contention for every season since he arrived in Wisconsin.