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Utah Jazz's Jordan Clarkson wins NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00), shown April 19, 2021, finished ahead of teammate Joe Ingles for the league's Sixth Man of the Year award. New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose came in third in voting. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00), shown April 19, 2021, finished ahead of teammate Joe Ingles for the league's Sixth Man of the Year award. New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose came in third in voting. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 24 (UPI) -- Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year on Monday night, edging teammate Joe Ingles and New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose for the award.

Clarkson became the first player in Jazz history to earn the honor. He received 65 first-place votes and 407 total points, while Ingles garnered 34 first-place votes and 272 points. Rose had one vote for first place and 77 points.

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"For me, it was tough," Clarkson said in an interview with TNT's Inside the NBA crew. "My first couple years because I started in L.A. during that time, but just coming to myself and trying to find the impact I can have in this game, and what I can bring to it.

"When I got that role I just kind of took it, worked at it, and this situation -- being traded here to Utah from Cleveland -- it really enhanced everything, just because everybody knows their role and knows what they are doing. I just accepted it, and just took it as one and kept rolling with it."

Clarkson, who has spent time with the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Jazz over his seven-year NBA career, averaged a career-best 18.4 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists over 68 games (one start) this season.

The 28-year-old Clarkson has averaged 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 521 career games.

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NBA Sixth Man of the Year voting results:

1. Jordan Clarkson (Utah Jazz) - 407 points

2. Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz) - 272 points

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3. Derrick Rose (New York Knicks) - 77 points

4. Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks) - 67 points

5. Tim Hardaway Jr. (Dallas Mavericks) - 24 points

6. Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Lakers) - 14 points

7. Carmelo Anthony (Portland Trail Blazers) - 8 points

8. Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors) - 7 points

9. Bobby Portis (Milwaukee Bucks) - 6 points

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10. Enes Kanter (Portland Trail Blazers) - 5 points

11. T.J. McConnell (Indiana Pacers) - 4 points

12. Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets) - 3 points

13. Shake Milton (Philadelphia 76ers) - 3 points

14. Thaddeus Young (Chicago Bulls) - 2 points

15. Facundo Campazzo (Denver Nuggets) - 1 point

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