James Harden Named NBA Sixth Man of the Year for 2011/12 May 11, 2012 14:28

The NBA yesterday named James Harden, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the Sixth Man of the Year, for the 2011/12 season.

The former 3rd overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft received 115 of a possible 119 first place votes, to win the award by a mile. The votes were cast by a selection of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters from the USA and Canada.

Louis Williams of the Philadelphia 76rs and Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks finished second and third in voting respectively.

Harden led all reserves in scoring during the NBA season, with 16.8 points per game. He provided the spark for the Thunder off the bench, helping the team finish with a 47-19 record at the end of the season.

The Beard (as he has been nicknamed for obvious reasons) also averaged 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 31.4 minutes per game. He shot .491 from the field, including an impressive .390 from three point land, as well as shooting .846 from the free throw line.