Harden wins Sixth Man Award 0
Thunder guard James Harden drives to the basket against Mavericks guard Delonte West at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tex., May 5, 2012. (MIKE STONE/Reuters)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden has been selected as the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year.
Harden, who led all NBA reserves in scoring with 16.8 points per game, came off the bench in 60 of his 62 appearances this season and helped the Thunder finish with the NBA's third-best record at 47-19.
Harden received 584 of a possible 595 points, including 115 of a possible 119 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Philadelphia's Louis Williams finished second in the voting with 231 points and Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks finished third with 81 points.
In order to be eligible for this award, a player must have come off the bench in more games than he started. Harden scored in double figures in 58 of his 62 contests, while averaging 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 31.4 minutes per game. He eclipsed the 20-point mark 15 times and the Thunder went 14-1 in those games.
The award was first presented to Philadelphia 76ers forward Bobby Jones in 1982-83.