James Harden had a breakout season in 2011-12 and he will be recognized for it today as he is expected to be named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.
Harden averaged 16.8 points, 3.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game this season. He also shot .491 percent from the field, .390 from three and .846 from the line.
He led all bench players in scoring and really had the potential to make the All-Star team.
Harden has already had a huge playoff moment cementing his status as the league’s best bench player when he scored 15 points in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against Dallas to help the Thunder come back from a 13-point deficit and sweep the defending champs.
Harden didn’t have much competition for the award either especially with San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili being injured for much of the year. Jason Terry of Dallas and Lou Williams of Philadelphia were probably the next closest for the award.