James Harden named 2018 NBA MVP


Houston Rockets point guard James Harden thanked his mother for being his "backbone" as he was crowned Most Valuable Player at the 2018 NBA Awards. "My family, friends, you know I wouldn't be here without them, and my teammates of course and my great coach (Brett Brown), and the city of Philadelphia for really embracing me". "Shout out to the Pacers organization for believing in me", said Oladipo, who was dealt to in last offseason in the deal that sent Paul George to the Thunder.

James averaged 27.5 points and career-highs in both rebounds (8.6) and assists (9.1) per contest during this past regular season. However, Harden and the Rockets would also fall to eventual champion Golden State in a grueling 7-game series in the Western Conference Finals.

The Rockets had another victor in Daryl Morey, who was honored as Executive of the Year.

He led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four while helping the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins.

"But it seems that what we have today is a system where you don't want players to say anything at all", he said.

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Curry himself received a few fourth and fifth place MVP votes, finishing 10th in voting despite missing 31 games this season.

"Can't look in the rear view mirror", Casey said backstage.

Snyder was another finalist for Coach of the Year, but former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, now coach of the Detroit Pistons, would win the award.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. 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.

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.