James Harden Officially Wins 2012 NBA Sixth Man Of The Year

Oklahoma City's James Harden was officially announced as the winner of the NBA's Sixth Man Of The Year award. As expected, Harden won the award convincingly, receiving 115 of 119 first-place votes.

The Thunder guard led the league in bench scoring with 16.8 points per game, making 62 appearances for OKC and coming on a reserve in all but two. As he accepted the award, Harden talked about his development coming off the bench for Scott Brooks. Via Daily Thunder's Royce Young:

And Scotty did a great job of making me become that sixth man off [the] bench. Helping me figure my role out. At first as a rookie, I didn't get it. I just thought I was going to go in there and score and do all the things that every other players thought. But learning, three years it took me to embrace that role.

Louis Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers received three of the four remaining first-place votes. The Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson received one.

For more on the Oklahoma City Thunder, visit SB Nation's Thunder blog Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City.

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