James Harden: Houston Rockets guard named Most Valuable Player at NBA Awards

New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is nominated for three awards at the 2018 NBA Awards

New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is nominated for three awards at the 2018 NBA Awards

James Harden of the Houston Rockets won his first career NBA Most Valuable Player Award in the NBA Awards Show in Santa Monica, California on Monday, June 25 (Tuesday, June 26, Manila time).

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is now a two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award victor after being named the league's best bench player for the 2017-18 campaign. That was a guarantee given the three finalists: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid and New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

Harden averaged 30.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists and led the Rockets to a franchise-record 65 victories. "Winston Churchill said success is measured by failure, failure, and then come back with enthusiasm, and that's what I've done". He averaged 18 points a game and scored in double figures in every game during the Western Conference Finals.

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).

"I think that as people evolve, and things are changing so much in the world with social media and whatnot, these people are young people who have families", Robertson said.

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Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was named the NBA's Executive of the Year.

Dwane Casey was chosen Coach of the Year for his work with the Toronto Raptors, who fired him last month. Casey beat out Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Jazz coach Quin Snyder for the honor. Harden was the driving force behind the historical season for the Rockets. He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy.

The Beard was named the 2018 NBA MVP.

The guard averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to post those numbers in a season.

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