Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Rockets' Harden wins Most Valuable Player Award

Rockets' Harden wins Most Valuable Player Award

Harden is just the third Rocket to win MVP, joining Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 and Moses Malone in 1979 and 1982. "She's my backbone in good times and bad times".

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

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. They got a dream. Go chase that dream.

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

Meanwhile, the battle for the Rookie of the Year award is between Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell.

"I'd like to thank my family to start off with".

"Honestly, because I didn't know".

Simmons was taken with the top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but a broken foot sidelined him for the 2016-17 season. He averaged 16.3 points, 9.4 boards, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals in the playoffs. James was able to lead the Cavaliers to the Finals for the fourth straight season despite only having the fourth seed in the East.

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis is the other finalist for the MVP award. "Shout out to the Pacers organization for believing in me", said Oladipo, who was dealt to in last offseason in the deal that sent Paul George to the Thunder.

The Defensive Player of the Year went to center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. Before this season, his best finish in the MVP voting was when he was No. 5 in 2015.

The Frenchman averaged 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 56 games to earn his second straight NBA All-Defensive first-team selection.

The award winners for the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season will be revealed Monday night at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., highlighted by the announcement of the Most Valuable Player award. He beat out finalists Eric Gordon of the Rockets and Fred VanVleet of the Raptors. However, only the regular season is counted for these awards.

He was sacked by the Raptors in May following their second consecutive second-round loss to the Cavs. He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time.

The Rockets had another victor in Daryl Morey, who was honored as Executive of the Year.

Robertson grew up in a segregated housing project in Indianapolis and dealt with racial discrimination and economic inequality.

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