James Harden Gives 2018 NBA MVP Acceptance Speech

New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is nominated for three awards at the 2018 NBA Awards

He bested 4-time MVP LeBron James and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Anthony Davis in the MVP shortlist.

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

"I'm not getting emotional, I'm not doing all that, but she's my backbone". "Good times, bad times".

"The only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening?" he said. Although they aired well after the National Basketball Association finals this year - blame the Golden State Warriors for beating the Cleveland Cavaliers so swiftly - the actual voting takes place before the postseason even begins. Harden's words won't go down in the annals of awesome award show speeches-it's never going to come close to Kevin Durant's famous MVP speech-but it did the trick and produced an honest moment from the man who can be just as guarded as he's tough to guard. Go take it. Go chase that dream. Refusing to have anything prepared, nearly like he didn't want to jinx it after a few too many close calls with the MVP over the years, Harden tried to do his best to say something poignant and give thanks to all the people who had helped him along the way.

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

"I'd like to thank my family, to start off with", Simmons said.

Harden wasn't the only Rockets victor at the Awards Show Monday night. "It's only the beginning for us".

Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season. In the playoffs, Oladipo averaged 22.7 points, 8.3 boards, 6.0 assists and 2.4 steals, but it wasn't enough to send the Pacers onto the conference semifinals, as they lost to the Cavaliers in seven games.

The biggest debates this year though, center around the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards.

- Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Harden is averaging 10 assists per game. "And like I said, to everybody that's helped me, you know, and we'll figure it out". He beat out finalists Eric Gordon of the Rockets and Fred VanVleet of the Raptors.

Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston.

Under Casey, the Raptors won a franchise-record 59 games opposite 23 losses to claim the No. 1 seed in the East. Casey was sacked by the Raptors after their second round exit and was then hired by the Detroit Pistons. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time. Houston general manager Daryl Morey was also named Executive of the Year.

When Lou Williams came to Los Angeles last summer, feelings were mixed.

The NBA, in their attempt to keep year-round intrigue, moved the regular season awards from during the playoffs to the week between the NBA Draft and free agency. Throughout the regular season, he proved to be the most dominant scorer in the league and also happened to play on the best team.