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Thunder’s Harden named Sixth Man of Year on Thursday

May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

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UPDATE 4:18 pm: The NBA has made it official, James Harden is your runaway winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award. Of the 118 ballots cast 115 had Harden No. 1, the other three had Philadelphia’s Lou Williams in the top spot. As I said below, those three people should have to explain their vote publicly.

Here are the top 5 vote getters (with total points):

1. James Harden, Oklahoma City (584)
2. Louis Williams, Philadelphia (231)
3. Jason Terry, Dallas (81)
4. Al Harrington, Denver (42)
5. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio (28)

11:32 am: James Harden being named Sixth Man of the Year in NBA is the Meryl Streep getting an Oscar nomination of the NBA awards season. It’s a gimme. Cemented. In fact, anyone who didn’t vote Harden first should be questioned and about their motives and basketball acumen.

The award for Harden will be announced on Thursday, reports the Oklahoman. Expect the formal announcement from the NBA later on Thursday.

Harden averaged 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, but more than that he was the team’s best playmaker. On a team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder were best late in games when the ball was in Harden’s hands creating for other.

Look for Lou Williams, Taj Gibson and of course Jason Terry to get votes. But seriously, anybody who didn’t vote for Harden needs to have their credentials checked.

  1. mungman69 - May 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Why doesn’t he start?

  2. usavebob - May 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    The sixth man is a challenging role. First, you have to put your ego aside accepting that you are not going to be introduced with all of the pyrotechnics going off. Sure, Harden is a starter on most, if not every NBA team but the great sixth men play the role of providing 15 or more points off the bench when the starters are getting a breather. When Harden started this year when Sefolosha was out, the Thunder struggled to produce bench points. He has game.

  3. gpatrick15 - May 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    As much as I hated him coming off the bench to start with, I saw the value of it all season long. Great player. His role is perfect, as the OKC bench would be terrible without him on that unit.

  4. kavika6 - May 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Very deserving, but if Ginobili had played enough games this season he would have given him a run for his money.

  5. xLith - May 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Fear the beard! Congrats!

  6. sirclutch - May 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Will he be a sixth man next year? Early exit and maybe you see OKC thinking about trading this guy. Him and Ibaka’s contracts come up next year, and I don’t think they can afford both…then again he is probably the 3rd best shooting guard in the leauge.

  7. mianfr - May 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I don’t really understand the purpose of the NBA doling out a Tallest Midget award.

  8. SmackSaw - May 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Have Artest present him the award.

  9. boilerup1869 - May 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    How many votes did Lamar get this year?

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