The NBA’s worst kept secret was announced on Thursday. James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.
Harden averaged 16.8 points per game, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his third season in the league and was a key contributor off the bench for the Thunder. Oklahoma City finished the season with a 47-19 record and the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Valley fans were already familiar with Harden’s talent. During his two seasons at Arizona State, Harden averaged 19.0 points per game, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. ASU made a trip to the NCAA tournament and went 5-0 against rival Arizona while Harden was in Tempe.