Joe Ingles has capped an extraordinary NBA regular season with a second-place finish in Sixth Man of the Year voting.
The superstar Boomers member finished runner up to teammate Jordan Clarkson. As is his way, Ingles was the first to congratulate Clarkson on the accolade, and presented his trophy to him live on TNT’s Inside the NBA.
Ingles has been an integral part of what the Utah Jazz have been able to achieve this season, finishing as the first seed in the competitive West with a 52-20 league-leading record.
It has been a team effort in Utah, with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert driving a squad that leads the league in three-point field goals per game.
Ingles has averaged 12.1 points per game in 28 minutes, with 4.7 assists and a true-shooting percentage of .672 which is good enough for third in the NBA.
Only three players in NBA history have achieved a true-shooting percentage in the .700s, and they’re all seven-foot big men who rarely shoot from outside of five feet. The fact that Ingles has achieved this high watermark at the age of 33 with his skill-set is a testament to his perseverance.
The Australian made it to the NBA as a 27-year-old, having previously spent time in the NBL (winning the NBL Rookie of the Year as an 18-year-old) and Europe until he made his NBA debut with the Jazz in 2014.
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Since 2014, he has become one of the most beloved Jazz players in their history over his seven years, and leads the franchise in all-time three pointers made.
His lack of athleticism has given him the nickname ‘Slow Mo Joe’, but it hasn’t stopped the Adelaide product from getting better year-on-year.
Joe Ingles finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting, ahead of former MVP Derrick Rose.
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