O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph Each Received Votes for 2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award

Apr 28, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA;Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter in game one against the Dallas Mavericks of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

As expected, James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to victory in the 2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award voting, receiving 115 of a possible 118 first-place votes. If you ask me, this was the easiest award to hand out and he should have received all 118 votes, but, you know, nothing's easy.

Louis Williams, of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Taj Gibson, of the Chicago Bulls, received first-place votes, with Williams getting two and Gibson getting one.

As for the Grizzlies, O.J. Mayo picked up two second-place votes and 12 third-place votes, while Zach Randolph, believe it or not, picked up one second-place vote. Mayo, of course, is our true 6th man, while Randolph played 20 games off then bench this season. Mayo makes sense, but... Randolph? OK, I suppose you can justify it because, well, the Grizzlies played some of their best basketball of the season when Randolph returned from injury, pulling him off the bench behind Marreese Speights. And considering Z-Bo played 20 of his 28 games this season as a reserve, the argument gets a little stronger. Still, it just doesn't feel right. But who am I to argue. Plus, really in the end we're talking about one second-place vote. On forgettable vote, mind you. Still, congratulations to both, especially Mayo who deserves recognition for his strong season.

Another fun fact: The Chicago Bulls had three players receive votes. Three different players each receiving second-place votes. Ohhhkaaay.... That one just seems strange.


Player Team 1st Place (5 pts) 2nd Place (3 Pts) 3rd Place (1 Pt) Total Points

James Harden Oklahoma City 115 3 -- 584

Louis Williams Philadelphia 3 62 30 231

Jason Terry Dallas -- 20 21 81

Al Harrington Denver -- 9 15 42

Manu Ginobili San Antonio -- 9 1 28

Taj Gibson Chicago 1 5 8 28

O.J. Mayo Memphis -- 2 12 18

Mo Williams L.A. Clippers -- 1 11 14

Thaddeus Young Philadelphia -- 2 4 10

Kyle Korver Chicago -- 1 1 4

Zach Randolph Memphis -- 1 -- 3

C.J. Watson Chicago -- 1 -- 3

Carl Landry New Orleans -- 1 -- 3

Jamal Crawford Portland -- -- 3 3

Gary Neal San Antonio -- -- 2 2

Mike Dunleavy Milwaukee -- -- 2 2

Tyler Hansbrough Indiana -- -- 2 2

J.R. Smith New York -- -- 1 1

George Hill Indiana -- -- 1 1

Andre Miller Denver -- -- 1 1

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