James Harden wins his first NBA Most Valuable Player award

Sherman Parsons
June 26, 2018

James, a finalist this season after falling outside the top 3 in 2017, finished behind Houston Rockets star James Harden for this year's MVP, which was announced Monday night during the 2018 NBA Awards on TNT.

Harden's impact was undeniable, but there weren't many players that affected the game on both ends of the floor the way Davis did for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Harden is the second player in league history to win the Sixth Man of the Year and MVP at some point in his career, joining Bill Walton.

Harden becomes the third ever Rocket to claim the award following Moses Malone (1979 and 1982) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994). He was the NBA's scoring champion (30.4 points a game) to go along with 8.8 assists a game.

Needless to say, it is interesting to see that Harden won MVP by a rather comfortable margin. Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. James was able to lead the Cavaliers to the Finals for the fourth straight season despite only having the fourth seed in the East.

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Harden wasn't the only Rockets victor at the Awards Show Monday night.

James Harden said "it doesn't stop here" after finally being named NBA MVP and revealed that he did not prepare a speech for fear he might miss out again. However, only the regular season is counted for these awards.

Dwane Casey earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Raptors to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. 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. Harden became the first player in National Basketball Association history to have a 60-point triple-double.

The day before his 26th birthday on Monday, their 7-foot-1 son stood tall on the stage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California as the NBA's 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year award victor.

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