Houston Rockets star James Harden named NBA's MVP

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Among the most notable was which player between Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden and Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James would take home the MVP award. Houston's superstar guard was officially named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2017-18 season. Durant was the highest Warriors vote-getter, finishing seventh in voting behind Harden, James, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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 joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.

Harden is the third player in Rockets history to be named MVP, joining Moses Malone, who won it twice (1979, '82), and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994).

"I felt like last year I should have won as well, so I didn't see a difference between last year and this year", he said backstage.

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"The last four years have been like knocking on the door, knocking on the door", Harden said, per ESPN after accepting the MVP Award.

When the time comes to make a serious pitch to George, James or any other marquee free agent, Harden likely won't hesitate to do whatever he can to help improve the Rockets roster. He was the league's leading scorer at 30.4 points per game and he was third in the league in assists, dishing out 8.8 helpers per contest. Harden will look to defend the award next season. Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams bested Gordon, and Capela was edged by Pacers all-star Victor Oladipo.

Dwane Casey was chosen Coach of the Year for his work with the Toronto Raptors, who fired him last month.

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

Daryl Morey of the Rockets earned the NBA's Executive of the Year Award after assembling a team that finished first in the Western Conference.