James Harden 2018 NBA MVP, Susul Kevin Duran and Russell Westbrook
The 2017-2018 season’s Most Valuable Player NBA title finally fell to the Houston Rockets star James Harden. The awarding of Harden as an MVP was held at Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, United States, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
Winning the MVP title, Harden managed to set aside two other great finalists, namely the NBA superstar and living legend LeBron James and New Orleans Pelicans player, Anthony Davis.
The title also made Harden manage to match Kevin Duran and Russell Westbrook, two former colleagues at the 2009 Oklahoma City Thunder season. Duran won the same title in 2014, while Westbrook in 2017.
The NBA also announced a number of other awards, such as Rookie of the Year . Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons won the title, beating Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics player Jayson Tatum.
Simmons’s Rookie of the Year did not escape the controversy. The reason is, even though the Australian-blooded player just made his NBA debut season in the 2017-2018 season, he was the result of a Sixers recruit on the 2016 NBA Draft.
Meanwhile, Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo on the night won the title as the Most Improved Player aka the most developed player , suing Hinty’s Clint Capela colleague in the Rockets and Spencer Dinwiddie from Brooklyn Nets.
Oladipo started the 2017-2018 season as a commodity exchange by the Thunder to the Pacers to get Paul George. He also managed to prove a very significant development after moving to Utah.
The 2018 NBA season’s Best Coach title was awarded to Dwane Casey who successfully overthrew the Cavaliers dominance in the Eastern Region and even became the region’s first seed with a record of 59 wins and 23 defeats.
Unfortunately, the Raptors’ management decided to fire Casey shortly after his team were beaten by LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 in the playoffs. Casey has now got a new job managing the Detroit Pistons.