James Harden wins 2018 NBA MVP over Anthony Davis, LeBron James

26 June, 2018, 16:30 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is nominated for three awards at the 2018 NBA Awards

Harden averaged an NBA-best 30.4 points per game (he was only the fourth player ever to average 30+ points on a 65-win team), still averaged 8.8 assists per game, and led the best offense in the National Basketball Association last season.

Russell Westbrook was named MVP ahead of the Houston star past year and Harden, 28, was taking nothing for granted despite being expected to land the award for the first time.

The Rockets guard landed the prestigious award Monday after averaging 30.4 points, 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 2017-18, playing an integral role in his side being the number one seed in the Western Conference.

Harden becomes the third ever Rocket to claim the award following Moses Malone (1979 and 1982) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994).

Harden led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four.

"I felt like last year I should have won as well, so I didn't see a difference between last year and this year", he said backstage.

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Gobert's teammates Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio were also finalists for the Rookie of the Year and the Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist awards.

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis is the other finalist for the MVP award. "I think it's a good time for people that look like me to be here for people that are fighting for equality", Long said last season. In the playoffs, Oladipo averaged 22.7 points, 8.3 boards, 6.0 assists and 2.4 steals, but it wasn't enough to send the Pacers onto the conference semifinals, as they lost to the Cavaliers in seven games. Gordon won the award last season.

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was named the NBA's Executive of the Year.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy. Casey beat out Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Jazz coach Quin Snyder for the honor.

Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo received the Sager Strong Award, named for the late Turner Sports broadcaster.

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