Saturday, 21 July, 2018

James Harden named NBA Most Valuable Player

Associated Press Associated Press
Sergio Cook | 26 June, 2018, 16:27

Davis, 27, had his most successful year since entering the league, but Harden ran away with the award after a stellar season leading the Houston Rockets to a 65-17 record and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

"The Beard" led all scorers with 30.4 points per game this past season, and finished third in assists (8.8 per game).

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

The five-time All-Star earned first-team All-NBA honors for the second year in a row after finishing second in points per game (28.1) and player efficiency rating (28.98), while also coming in at fifth in rebounds (11.1) and first in blocks (2.6).

"But the only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening?" he said backstage.

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.

Harden's award will undoubtedly cause more debate to occur in the coming days due to James' similarly-incredible campaign. Gobert, who turns 26 on Tuesday, missed 26 games during the regular season with multiple injuries, but still anchored a Jazz defense that posted the second-best defensive rating (101.6) in the National Basketball Association last season.

Oladipo beat out fellow finalists Clint Capela of the Rockets and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets. He led the league in fourth-quarter points and scoring average. However, only the regular season is counted for these awards.

Dwane Casey was chosen Coach of the Year for his work with the Toronto Raptors, who fired him last month.

Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season.

Those questions will be answered, at least through the 2018 NBA Awards that takes place Monday night at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

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