James Harden wins 2018 NBA MVP over Anthony Davis, LeBron James

Ruben Holloway
June 26, 2018

The Thunder had all three players back in 2012, before they were even 25 years old, before sending Harden to the Rockets in a trade before the following season.

Harden appeared in 72 games for the Western Conference finalists last season, averaging a league-leading 30.4 points, 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds over 35.4 minutes a night.

Gobert was also the top vote-getter for the NBA All-Defensive First Team after averaging 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 swats per game.

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"I felt like last year I should have won as well, so I didn't see a difference between last year and this year", he said backstage.

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year after the former No. 1 overall pick helped the team break its five-year playoff drought. James was able to lead the Cavaliers to the Finals for the fourth straight season despite only having the fourth seed in the East.

Harden was second in the MVP voting last season to Russell Westbrook, and in 2015 he was second to Stephen Curry. 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.

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Two other Rockets were finalists for postseason awards. Harden will look to defend the award next season. The first honor for the Rockets from the award show actually went to general manager Daryl Morey, who was named NBA Executive of the Year. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Casey beat out Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Jazz coach Quin Snyder for the honor. Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams bested Gordon, and Capela was edged by Pacers all-star Victor Oladipo.

Oscar Robertson was presented with the NBA's 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

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