James Harden: Houston Rockets guard named Most Valuable Player at NBA Awards

James Harden arrives at “Imma Be a Star” Block Party at Audubon Middle School on a firetruck. More

This is the first time Harden has claimed the MVP award, and he is the third Rockets player to win it.

The 79-year-old former guard who starred at Crispus Attucks High in Indianapolis and in college at Cincinnati before going to the National Basketball Association said it's time for players to speak out about politics and education, among other issues.

He joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.

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

Meanwhile, Australian Ben Simmons - of the Philadelphia 76ers - has won Rookie of the Year honours at the NBA Awards.

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz in the Adidas Dame 4. Oladipo beat out fellow finalists Clint Capela of the Rockets and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets.

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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.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the favorite for the award after finishing second to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook last season.

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz won Defensive Player of the Year, edging out New Orleans' Davis and the Sixers Joel Embiid. Before this season, his best finish in the MVP voting was when he was No. 5 in 2015.

"I want to thank the Clippers organization for giving me an opportunity to be myself", Williams said. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Usually, the knock on Harden was his defense, but in the switching scheme the Rockets employed all season he held his own.

The Beard was named the 2018 NBA MVP. A former NBA MVP and 12-time All-Star, Robertson averaged 25.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds over 14 NBA seasons between the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.

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