The Oklahoma City Thunder’s James Harden is the winner of the 2011-12 NBA Sixth Man Award which highlights the best bench player in the league. Harden led all bench players in points averaging 16.8 points a game.

Harden came off the bench in 60 of the 62 games he played in.  as the league’s best player in a reserve role. Harden, helped lead  Oklahoma City finish with the NBA’s third-best record (47-19).

Harden received 584 of a possible 595 points, including 115 of a possible 119 first-place votes, from a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Louis Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers finished second in voting. Williams led his team in scoring with 14.9 points per game while not starting any games this season. Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks, who won the award in 2008-09, finished third.