LeBron James beat out by James Harden for 2018 NBA MVP

26 June, 2018, 14:44 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Moses Malone won it twice as a Rocket in 1979 and 1982, and Hakeem Olajuwon took victory in 1994.

"Sixth Man of the Year to MVP", said Harden, who claimed the former honor in 2012 as a member of the Thunder. He is the first Rocket to lead the National Basketball Association in points per game in a season, and the second player in franchise history to average 30-plus in a season (Moses Malone - 31.1 in 1981-82).

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was named the NBA's Executive of the Year. Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.

- Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Harden is averaging 10 assists per game.

When the time comes to make a serious pitch to George, James or any other marquee free agent, Harden likely won't hesitate to do whatever he can to help improve the Rockets roster. He was the NBA's scoring champion (30.4 points a game) to go along with 8.8 assists a game.

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

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To watch the 2018 NBA Awards - which will take place at the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles - live, tune in to TNT at 9 p.m. ET. The 28-year-old finished second to Russell Westbrook last season.

Dwane Casey was chosen Coach of the Year for his work with the Toronto Raptors, who fired him last month.

"But the only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening?" he said backstage. He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy.

Harden's teammate, Chris Paul, popped up among reporters backstage and asked Harden how many bottles of liquor Rockets CEO Tad Brown would have to buy at the next location. Casey also coached the Eastern Conference in this year's All-Star Game.

Therefore, there's a lot riding on the MVP award every year.

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