No surprise that Manu Ginobili, a player who would start on basically any other team in the NBA, was announced as the winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award for the 2007-2008 season. Hats off to the Argentinian, who only helped his cause with a game-winning double-overtime bucket this weekend.
Travis Outlaw, who looked like a front-runner for sixth man at times this season, finished tied with Jason Maxiell for 9th in the voting. Outlaw garnered 11 third-place votes and nothing more.
Can't complain about too many of the guys who got more votes than Outlaw. No way James Posey deserves to be above Travis in the voting, but that's one of the by-products of playing in Boston. Kyle Korver, Jason Terry and JR Smith are all one-trick ponies, but they do that one trick well. I'd still take Outlaw over all three.
As the title of this post infers, Jarrett Jack also picked up a vote for sixth man, A lone second-place vote to be exact. No offense to Jack, but that surprises me a bit. I don't think even Jarrett would deny that Outlaw was the most valuable bench player for the Blazers.
Also notice that Ginobilli got all but one first place vote, but no second or third place votes, meaning that the guy/girl who voted Leandro Barbosa as first completely left Manu off his/her ballot. I guess you could justify that opinion in that Manu is a sixth man in name only. Still, hard to deny the guy his propers.