bill-swift - May 13, 2012
There was one thing that was for certain when it came to the regular season awards—Lamar Odom did not have a chance in hell in repeating as the 6th Man of the Year. Maybe Brian Wilson had so much trouble before he got hurt because people were busy fearing another beard.
The guy that did win it many fans did not hear much about till Metta World Peace went all Ron Artest on him a week or so ago. Folks that really follow the league though had no doubt who the 6th Man award should go to this year because they've followed his work all season.
For the folks that cast votes there was little doubt that the award should go to Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden.
Of the 118 ballots, Harden was first on 115 of them easily running away with the award. The top five vote getters were as follows: Harden (584 points); Louis Williams, Philadelphia 76ers (231 points); Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks (81 points); Al Harrington, Denver Nuggets (42); Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs (28).
In just over 31 minutes a game Harden contributed 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.
Article by Travis Pulver
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