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James Harden Named Sixth Man Of The Year In Only His Third NBA Season

James Harden was without question the best sixth man in all of the NBA this season and the league officially announced him as the recepient of the Sixth Man of the Year award this afternoon in Oklahoma City.

Harden played in 62 games this season and averaged 16.8 points, 3.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game -- all career highs -- as the first man off the bench this season. This award is a great honor for the third year guard out of Arizona State University. has more on Harden:

Harden received 584 of a possible 595 points, including 115 of 119 first place votes (the other four went to Lou Williams and Taj Gibson). It was pretty much as no-brainer an NBA award as there will be this season. Harden was splendid off the Thunder bench, anchoring one of the best second units in basketball while also establishing himself as one of the best shooting guards in the game.

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