James Harden was literally speechless when he was named the NBA's most valuable player on Monday night: he did not have a script on hand. Harden is the third player in Rockets history to win the award, and he is the first since Hakeem Olajuwon won in 1994. Although they aired well after the National Basketball Association finals this year - blame the Golden State Warriors for beating the Cleveland Cavaliers so swiftly - the actual voting takes place before the postseason even begins.
LeBron James had one of the best clutch shots of the season with a game-winner against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a February game just before the trade deadline. Eric Gordon and Clint Capela missed out on winning the Sixth Man and Most Improved Player honors, respectively.
The 28-year-old combo guard also led Houston along with new addition Chris Paul to a league- and franchise-best 65-17 record, topping the Golden State Warriors.
The Rockets are rumored to be in the LeBron James sweepstakes, even though it doesn't appear that Houston is one of the top two most likely landing spots for the four-time MVP. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.
"I want to thank the Clippers organization for giving me an opportunity to be myself", Williams said. A former NBA MVP and 12-time All-Star, Robertson averaged 25.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds over 14 NBA seasons between the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. James was able to lead the Cavaliers to the Finals for the fourth straight season despite only having the fourth seed in the East.
Comments about his defense aside (and he has made a noticeable improvement in that aspect of his game), you'll notice that these are mostly aesthetic complaints rather than serious attacks on Harden's ability to play.
Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston. Shout out to all the youngins who got a dream, a vision.
The NBA, in their attempt to keep year-round intrigue, moved the regular season awards from during the playoffs to the week between the NBA Draft and free agency.