Detlef Schrempf, who started just three games this season but was second on the Indiana Pacers in minutes played, was named Tuesday as the winner of the NBA's sixth man award.
Schrempf, a sixth-year, 6-foot-10 forward, received 38 of the 96 votes from the nation's NBA media as the league's top reserve. Dan Majerle of Phoenix trailed Schrempf by just one vote.Two-time sixth-man winner Kevin McHale of Boston received eight votes, with 1990 winner Ricky Pierce of Seattle, Portland's Danny Ainge, Atlanta's Moses Malone, Houston's Larry Smith, Orlando's Jerry Reynolds and Utah's Thurl Bailey dividing the remaining 13 ballots.
"I think I got the award because we had a strong second half (of the season)," Schrempf said. "It's great to get individual recognition, but I won't celebrate until after the season. We still have work to do."
Schrempf averaged 16.1 points, 8 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game for the Pacers, who finished the regular season 41-41 after starting 9-16. He shot 52 percent from the field, 81.8 percent from the free throw line and set a career-high with 301 assists.