Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

James Harden named NBA's Most Valuable Player

James Harden named NBA's Most Valuable Player

The Houston Rockets captain was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in the 2017-2018 season.

Harden beat out Cleveland's LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans. Gobert led the league in blocks in 2016-17 with 2.6 per game.

Needless to say, it is interesting to see that Harden won MVP by a rather comfortable margin.

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum is the other finalist for the Rookie of the Year award and notably did better than both Simmons and Mitchell in the postseason as he thrived in the absence of Kyrie Irving to take the Cavaliers the distance in the Eastern Conference Finals, albeit in a losing effort.

Harden wasn't the only Rockets victor at the Awards Show Monday night.

It's the first time in Davis' career that he's finished in the top three of MVP voting. He was the league's leading scorer at 30.4 points per game and he was third in the league in assists, dishing out 8.8 helpers per contest. Gordon won the award last season.

Dwane Casey was chosen Coach of the Year for his work with the Toronto Raptors, who fired him last month. However, Casey was sacked after the Raptors' second consecutive second-round loss to James and the Cavaliers. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. The first honor for the Rockets from the award show actually went to general manager Daryl Morey, who was named NBA Executive of the Year.

Speaking to reporters after he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday in Santa Monica, Robertson spoke at length when asked about how his generation of players were engaged in social activism and if he is proud to see some of today's stars and the National Basketball Association try to better the community. 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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