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Caris LeVert, Shake Milton highlight NBA 6th Man of the Year stock watch

We take a look at players who improved or hurt their stock to win 6th Man of the Year in 2020-21 after the first week of the season.

Caris LeVert of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Boston Celtics during a game on December 25, 2020 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Even though we are only a few games into the 2020-21 NBA regular season, we are starting to see potential sixth man candidates stake their claim for the illustrious award. Last season, Montrezl Harrell won Sixth Man of the Year and before that it went to Lou Williams. Both players will likely be in contention, but they do have some serious competition in Caris LeVert, Shake Milton, Jordan Clarkson, and etc.

That being said, will any of these players be featured in our first stock watch of the season? Let’s break it down below!

Stock Up

Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets (+600)

After being a starter for the majority of last season, LeVert has played exceptionally well for the undefeated Nets. Through two games, LeVert is averaging 15 points, five rebounds, and four assists in 21.5 minutes per game. He is also shooting 44 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range on 3.5 attempts per game. This is a great start for LeVert who can not only shoot it well from the perimeter, but can take guys off of the dribble. He will likely be a leading candidate for the award.

Shake Milton, Philadelphia 76ers (+3300)

Heading into this season, the third-year guard was a long shot to even be in contention for the award. However, new Sixers head coach Doc Rivers has instilled a lot of faith and confidence into Milton. Through the team’s first two games, Milton is averaging 14.5 points per game, while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 33 percent from the field. He’s one of the first players off the bench for the Sixers and has seen playing in crunch time during the fourth quarters.

Stock Down

David Bertans, Washington Wizards (+3300)

The Latvian Laser has started this season out on a minutes restriction. Through the Wizards’ first two games, Bertans has played 19 and 20 minutes respectively. In Washington’s regular season opener against the Sixers, Bertans scored 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from three point range. But on Saturday night against the Magic, he struggled from the perimeter, shooting 2-of-10 from three-point range and 3-of-11 from the field.

Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers (+8000)

It was tough to find a last choice for stock down, but if we had to choose it would be Carmelo Anthony. Unlike other candidates in front of him, who are shooting the ball well throughout the first two games, Anthony hasn’t. The veteran and future Hall of Fame is averaging 10 points per game, but only shooting 33.3 percent from the field, that will not cut it if he wants to be a contender or help the Blazers in the Western Conference.

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