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

26 June, 2018, 11:57 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Harden should be MVP 'hands down&apos, says World Peace

While a number of other honors were handed out at the 2018 NBA Awards Show on Monday night, the main event was scheduled for the end.

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.

Australian guard Ben Simmons has been named Rookie of the Year. He beat out New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid to join Mark Eaton as the second Jazzman in franchise history to win the award. He was the league's leading scorer at 30.4 points per game and he was third in the league in assists, dishing out 8.8 helpers per contest.

"I think James Harden deserves MVP, because nobody saw this [coming]", World Peace told Omnisport when promoting his new book.


Harden becomes the third ever Rocket to claim the award following Moses Malone (1979 and 1982) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994). Unfortunately for him, his incredible playoff run didn't factor into the voting (since MVP is a regular-season award).

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. Harden will look to defend the award next season. The Defensive Player of the Year went to center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.

Dwane Casey was crowned Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference. Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston. Under Morey's direction, the Rockets acquired All-Star guard Chris Paul from the Clippers to team up with Harden and rising big man Capela. Before Thunder star Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double in the past two seasons, Robertson was the most recent player to average a triple-double - in the 1961-62 season.

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