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Rockets' Harden wins Most Valuable Player Award

26 June 2018
Rockets' Harden wins Most Valuable Player Award

Harden brought his mom up on stage with him to accept the award.

"I'm not getting emotional, I'm not doing all that, but she's my backbone". "Good times, bad times". Huge shout out to the Rockets, man. Go chase that dream.

"When you get fired, which I did recently, you always doubt yourself a little bit, you think 'Okay, can I do this?" Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the event revealed this year's MVP, Rookie Of the Year, Defensive Player Of The Year, Coach of the Year, and several other accolades (see winners here ICYMI).

"I'd like to thank my family, to start off with", Simmons said. "Winston Churchill said success is measured by failure, failure, and then come back with enthusiasm, and that's what I've done". 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.

We have a new member of the Defensive Player of the Year club. James finished second with 738 points and 15 first-place votes, while Davis was third with 445 points and no first-place votes. He scored at least 20 points in three of those games.

This is the first time Harden has claimed the MVP award, and he is the third Rockets player to win it. He beat out finalists Eric Gordon of the Rockets and Fred VanVleet of the Raptors. Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston.

He was sacked by the Raptors in May following their second consecutive second-round loss to the Cavs. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Casey also coached the Eastern Conference in this year's All-Star Game. Guard Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers earned Most Improved Player.

The Beard was named the 2018 NBA MVP. Many felt Harden should have won both years, but last year's was especially questionable considering how a triple-double narrative overshadowed Harden's individual and team success.

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.