James Harden named NBA Most Valuable Player

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James Harden named NBA Most Valuable Player

On Monday night, the National Basketball Association held their annual awards show in Santa Monica, California where they reward those who stood above the rest as the league's best players.

The NBA put the 2017-18 season to bed on Monday night with the second annual NBA Awards, where honors like MVP, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year were handed out to the league's most deserving candidates. James Harden bested other MVP finalists LeBron James and Anthony Davis as finalists. He's the third Rockets player to win MVP, joining Moses Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon.

"I'm not going to get emotional", he said from behind dark sunglasses.

He averaged 27.5 points on 54.2 percent from the field to go with a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games.

"If I would've thought 15 years ago that I would've been here today, I probably wouldn't believe it".

Utah ranked second in the National Basketball Association in defensive rating and Gobert ranked fourth in total blocks despite playing 56 games, which where were the fewest by a Defensive Player of the Year victor in a non-lockout season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

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.

There were some questions as to how the Rockets would accommodate both Harden and Chris Paul, considering both players were accustomed to running the offense and controlling the ball for long stretches. He scored at least 20 points in three of those games.

And it was slightly awkward when Dwane Casey won Coach of the Year for the Raptors, because they fired him right after the season.

Under Casey, the Raptors won a franchise-record 59 games opposite 23 losses to claim the No. 1 seed in the East.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.

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.

Backstage, Robertson commended the activism of today's players, although he wondered why more white athletes aren't speaking out.

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