Thunder's Harden named NBA Sixth Man of the Year 11-May-2012


File photo of Oklahoma City Thunders' James Harden (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Oklahoma City Thunder star James Harden won the vote for NBA sixth man of the Year on Thursday.

Harden received 584 of a possible 595 points from the media.

Louis Williams, who led the Philadelphia 76ers in scoring (14.9 ppg) despite not starting a single contest, finished second with 231 points. Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks, who won the award in 2008-09, finished third with 81 points.

Harden led all reserves in scoring, averaging a career-best 16.8 points per game, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists, coming off bench in 60 of 62 games he appeared in, helping the Thunder post the NBA's third-best record (47-19).