Not that it was a secret anymore, but Thursday it became official that Bulls sixth man Taj Gibson's career-best campaign only translated into a second-place finish in the NBA's Sixth of the Man of the Year award voting.
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford won the award for the second time in his career, the league announced.
Crawford, a former Bulls' draft pick, received 57 first-place votes and 421 total points compared to 49 first-place votes and 395 total points for Gibson, who averaged a career-high 13 points per game this season.
Gibson, perhaps learning of his runner-up status in advance — the NBA reportedly pushed back the announcement of several postseason awards, including the league MVP, after the saga of Clippers owner Donald Sterling exploded — posted a one-word message to his Twitter account April 30: "Politics!!!"
Bulls backup point guard D.J. Augustin finished seventh, receiving two second-place votes.