Rockets' Harden wins Most Valuable Player Award

Tyler Owen
June 26, 2018

Oscar Robertson commends the off-court activism of today's National Basketball Association players, although the Hall of Famer wonders why more white athletes aren't speaking out, too.

Houston Rockets star James Harden has been named MVP at the NBA Awards.

This performance comes just a few weeks after Travis brought out the newly-announced MVP, James Harden, out on stage at Governors Ball to rock out with him.

Harden is only the second player in National Basketball Association history to win the MVP and Sixth Man of the Year awards in their career (Bill Walton was the other).

Harden was the NBA's leading scorer, averaging 30.4 points, and ranked third in assists with 8.8 per night.

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Harden becomes the third ever Rocket to claim the award following Moses Malone (1979 and 1982) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994).

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the event revealed this year's MVP, Rookie Of the Year, Defensive Player Of The Year, Coach of the Year, and several other accolades (see winners here ICYMI). In the playoffs, Oladipo averaged 22.7 points, 8.3 boards, 6.0 assists and 2.4 steals, but it wasn't enough to send the Pacers onto the conference semifinals, as they lost to the Cavaliers in seven games.

"I think that as people evolve, and things are changing so much in the world with social media and whatnot, these people are young people who have families", Robertson said.

Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston. Many felt Harden should have won both years, but last year's was especially questionable considering how a triple-double narrative overshadowed Harden's individual and team success. Casey also coached the Eastern Conference in this year's All-Star Game.

Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo received the Sager Strong Award, named for the late Turner Sports broadcaster.

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