Houston Rockets star James Harden named NBA's MVP

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

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

Harden becomes the third Rocket ever to win the award, joining Moses Malone (1978-79 and 1981-82) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94).

The 79-year-old former guard who starred at Crispus Attucks High in Indianapolis and in college at Cincinnati before going to the National Basketball Association said it's time for players to speak out about politics and education, among other issues.

Meanwhile, Australian Ben Simmons - of the Philadelphia 76ers - has won Rookie of the Year honours at the NBA Awards. Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. Capela averaged a double-double with 13.9 points a game and 10.8 rebounds a game. 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.

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. The 28-year-old finished second to Russell Westbrook last season.

The Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time victor LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night.

"I want to thank the Clippers organization for giving me an opportunity to be myself", Williams said.

Snyder was another finalist for Coach of the Year, but former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, now coach of the Detroit Pistons, would win the award. Casey also coached the Eastern Conference in this year's All-Star Game.

Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Harden was the driving force behind the historical season for the Rockets.

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