Eric Gordon has been named the Sixth Man of the Year for the 2016-17 season, the NBA announced on Monday night.
Gordon becomes the first Rocket ever to win the award. He finished with 358 points in the voting, edging out Golden State’s Andre Iguodala (326 points). Gordon received 46 first-place votes to Iguodala’s 43.
In his first season with the Rockets, Gordon averaged 16.2 points a night, hitting 37.2% of his three-pointers. The sharpshooting guard came off the bench in 60 of his 75 games — the most games he’s played in a season since his rookie season of 2008-09.
“We just had an unbelievable year here with the Rockets,” said Gordon after receiving the award. “I’d also like to thank my coaches and my teammates for making my job easier this year.”
Gordon won the NBA’s three-point shooting contest in February. He also made 246 three-pointers on the year, ranking fourth overall in the league. He set the NBA single season record for the most three-pointers by a reserve, breaking the old mark of 179 (Mirza Teletovic) set last season.