James Harden and the NBA's Best 6th Men in the History of the Award

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James Harden and the NBA's Best 6th Men in the History of the Award
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The Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden was awarded the Sixth Man of the Year award last week and joined the ranks of some of the best players of all time who just happened to come off the bench.

Let's look at Harden and more of those players who made a name for themselves by anchoring the second units of some of the best teams in NBA history.

Being a good sixth man basically means knowing that you're good enough to start, yet having the humility and team-first attitude to come off the bench. The men in this slideshow had those qualities and often went on to start as great players in the league.

Here are some of the best NBA sixth men in the history of the award, which was first given out after the 1982-83 season.

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