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NBA Awards honor James Harden, Ben Simmons, Lou Williams

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Harden is the third player in Rockets history to win the award, and he is the first since Hakeem Olajuwon won in 1994.

This is the 28-year-old Los Angeles native's second National Basketball Association award, having been named Sixth Man of the Year in 2012 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He averaged 27.5 points on 54.2 percent from the field to go with a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games.

Australian guard Ben Simmons has been named Rookie of the Year.

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum is the other finalist for the Rookie of the Year award and notably did better than both Simmons and Mitchell in the postseason as he thrived in the absence of Kyrie Irving to take the Cavaliers the distance in the Eastern Conference Finals, albeit in a losing effort. Oladipo beat out fellow finalists Clint Capela of the Rockets and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets.

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.




Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, beating out Anthony Davis of the Pelicans and Joel Embiid of the 76ers. Utah ranked second in the National Basketball Association in defensive rating and Gobert ranked fourth in total blocks despite playing 56 games, which where were the fewest by a Defensive Player of the Year victor in a non-lockout season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

"Do I want to do this again?'" Casey said. However, only the regular season is counted for these awards.

Dwane Casey was crowned Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference. He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors.

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

The 6-foot-5 guard also posted the first 60-point triple-double performance in National Basketball Association history - 60 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds against the Orlando Magic.

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