James Harden named NBA's Most Valuable Player

26 June, 2018, 16:31 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is nominated for three awards at the 2018 NBA Awards

James Harden claimed the 2018 Most Valuable Player Award over Anthony Davis and LeBron James at the second annual NBA Awards Show in Santa Monica, Calif. Monday night (June 25).

This is the 28-year-old Los Angeles native's second National Basketball Association award, having been named Sixth Man of the Year in 2012 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harden is the third player in Rockets history to win the award, and he is the first since Hakeem Olajuwon won in 1994.

"I think that as people evolve, and things are changing so much in the world with social media and whatnot, these people are young people who have families", Robertson, who was named an NBA All-Star 12 times in his 14-year career, said.

Meanwhile, Australian Ben Simmons - of the Philadelphia 76ers - has won Rookie of the Year honours at the NBA Awards.


James Harden said "it doesn't stop here" after finally being named NBA MVP and revealed that he did not prepare a speech for fear he might miss out again. Unfortunately for him, his incredible playoff run didn't factor into the voting (since MVP is a regular-season award). He led the league in fourth-quarter points and scoring average.

Dwane Casey was crowned Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference.

Daryl Morey of the Rockets earned the NBA's Executive of the Year Award after assembling a team that finished first in the Western Conference. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.

The day before his 26th birthday on Monday, their 7-foot-1 son stood tall on the stage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California as the NBA's 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year award victor. Before Thunder star Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double in the past two seasons, Robertson was the most recent player to average a triple-double - in the 1961-62 season.

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