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It was a tight race between Jamal Crawford and Taj Gibson for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award.But after the Clippers' spark plug and the first man off the Bulls' bench, the rest of the field was a little less certain. One player who received a vote surprised quite a few people, myself included.Jazz center Enes Kanter got a second-place vote from Denver Nuggets play-by-play voice Jason Kosmicki.After beginning the season as a starter, Kanter was moved to the bench for an extended period of time. The center averaged career highs in points (12.3) and rebounds (7.5) during his third season with the Jazz.But Kanter wasn't even the first player off the Utah bench.That job belonged to guard Alec Burks.Turns out, Kanter wasn't supposed to get a Sixth Man vote at all.On Twitter, Kosmicki said a mistake had been made and his ballot a first-place vote for Reggie Jackson, a second-place vote for Kanter, and a third-place vote for Timofey Mozgov was intended to be a vote for the Most Improved Player award.You could argue the merits of that, too.But here was Kosmicki's reasoning: Aaron Falk