NBA awards 2018: James Harden wins first MVP

James Harden stands onstage at “Imma Be a Star” Block Party at Audubon Middle School. More

This is the first time Harden has claimed the MVP award, and he is the third Rockets player to win it.

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. 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).

Meanwhile, the battle for the Rookie of the Year award is between Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell.

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

He was also a finalist for Play of the Year for his spectacular block of Jazz forward Royce O'Neale in March, but the award went to James for his game-winning jump shot at the buzzer against the Minnesota Timberwolves in February.

Harden led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four.

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz won Defensive Player of the Year, edging out New Orleans' Davis and the Sixers Joel Embiid.

"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. However, only the regular season is counted for these awards. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams bested Gordon, and Capela was edged by Pacers all-star Victor Oladipo. 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.

Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the NBA Awards on Monday night.

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