6. Vinnie Johnson
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To this day, when people who watched the NBA in the 80’s think of instant offense off the bench, they instantly think of Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson. After all, people don’t nickname you Microwave unless you can get hot quickly. Johnson is one of the most famous and beloved members of the Bad Boy Pistons, helping lead the team to a pair of NBA titles at the end of the 1980’s. It’s kind of amazing to think that the Johnson, a guy so many people associate with the concept of the sixth man, never won the league’s award for that role. Still, no one will ever dispute how valuable he was for those Detroit teams. As the third guard in a rotation with Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, Johnson was the guy Chuck Daly called on when he needed offense in a hurry. For his career, he averaged 12.0 points-per-game despite rarely earning a spot in the starting lineup. He’s a bench legend as far as I am concerned.