The Oklahoma City Thunder have scheduled a news conference on Thursday afternoon according to a report from the “Oklahoman” and the team is expected to announce that Thunder guard James Harden has been named the NBA Sixth Man Of The Year for the 2011-2012 campaign. The 22-year-old guard who was the number three pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, was a key part of Oklahoma City winning the Association’s Northwest Division with a record of 47-19.
The guard in his third season in the Association averaged 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game for the regular season, besting all other reserve players in scoring average. Harden along with All-Star forward Kevin Durant and All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook make up the core of what has become one of the elite teams in the Western Conference. The Thunder swept the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the Playoffs.