He led the Rockets to a franchise-record 65 victories, which was also good for the top mark in the National Basketball Association. In this picture, Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a play during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, May 22, 2018. He beat out New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid to join Mark Eaton as the second Jazzman in franchise history to win the award.
After his teammate DeMarcus Cousins went down with a mid-season Achilles injury in late-January, Davis averaged an absurd 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 2.0 steals per game to close out the season.
Harden becomes the third ever Rocket to claim the award following Moses Malone (1979 and 1982) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994).
LeBron James was another finalist for the award after finishing third in the league in scoring with 27.5 points per game and second in assists with 9.1 while also collecting 8.6 rebounds each game. "I'll see you all next year".
In other awards, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers won Rookie of the Year.
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Meanwhile, the mayors of about 20 US cities gathered at a holding facility for immigrant children in the border city of El Paso. Six of the children were separated from their families upon reaching the border, while the rest arrived unaccompanied.
Harden wasn't the only Rockets victor at the Awards Show Monday night.
A first time recipient after a runner-up finish to Russell Westbrook last season, Harden also edged presumptive second-place finisher James in numerous advanced statistics, including Offensive Win Shares, Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares, Win Shares per 48, Player Efficiency Rating and Player Impact Estimate in the regular season. The first honor for the Rockets from the award show actually went to general manager Daryl Morey, who was named NBA Executive of the Year.
Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston.
Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season.