The Houston Rockets had two players in the hunt for the 2017 Sixth Man of the Year Award, guard Eric Gordon and guard Lou Williams. Both were explosive options off the bench for the Rockets in their first year with the team.
But the NBA Awards voters passed over Williams and Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala for Gordon.
Gordon, 28, came off the bench regularly for the first time his career during the 2016-17 season. He came off the bench in 60 of the 75 games he appeared with the Rockets.
He averaged 16.2 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 40.6 percent the field and 37.2 percent from beyond the arc. He set a record for the most three-pointers made from a bench player with 206, shattering the previous record by 27.
He is the first player in franchise history to win the award. James Harden previously won the award after the 2011-12 season when he was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Here is Gordon excepting his award: