Ready for the least surprising news of the day? Sure you are. You don’t need to be ready for something that isn’t surprising. You just need to be awake.

From The Oklahoman:

The Oklahoma City Thunder has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon, during which time James Harden is expected to be formally introduced as the NBA’s 2011-12 Sixth Man of the Year, The Oklahoman has learned.

The official announcement from the NBA is expected to come late Thursday morning.

Duh. Of course he’s the Sixth Man of the Year. No-brainer.

Justifying this vote is pointless, since he’s been one of the best players in the league this season, regardless of rotation quirks. Harden led all bench players in scoring and was second to Manu Ginobili in PER, while playing nearly twice as many games as his Argentinean likeness. He’s, at worst, the third-best player on the Western Conference’s second-best team and he’s often their best player. He’s got the best beard in the league even though his mom wants him to shave. He might be dating Trina. It’s been a good year.

So yeah, James Harden is this season’s Sixth Man of the Year. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Some things are impossible to mess up.