Rockets guard James Harden was named the league’s Most Valuable Player during the NBA’s second annual awards show.
Harden topped the Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis for the league’s most coveted individual award. Harden finished second in the voting last season to the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook.
Harden led the league in scoring at 30.4 PPG. He was fourth in assists (8.8) and second in 3-pointers made per game (3.7) while also finishing in the top 10 in steals (1.8). Houston’s regular-season success, with its league-best 65-17 record, played a role in Harden’s victory.
The Cavaliers needed James’ Herculean efforts just to finish fourth in the East. He averaged 27.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG and 9.1 APG while appearing in all 82 contests.
Davis led the Pelicans to the playoffs, and a first-round knockout of the Trail Blazers, despite DeMarcus Cousins‘ season-ending Achilles injury. He posted averages of 28.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG and 2.6 BPG.
Here are the other awards announced on Monday night:
- Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons, Sixers
- Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey, Raptors
- Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams, Clippers
- Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Jazz
- Most Improved Player: Victor Oladipo, Pacers
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