James Harden named NBA's Most Valuable Player

Harden should be MVP 'hands down&apos, says World Peace

He led the Rockets to a franchise-record 65 victories, which was also good for the top mark in the National Basketball Association.

Harden's impact was undeniable, but there weren't many players that affected the game on both ends of the floor the way Davis did for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Harden took home the honor over LeBron James in a landslide vote, and became the third player drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the award.

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 just the third Rocket to win MVP, joining Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 and Moses Malone in 1979 and 1982. "I'll see y'all next year".

He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston. James was able to lead the Cavaliers to the Finals for the fourth straight season despite only having the fourth seed in the East.

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Harden's award will undoubtedly cause more debate to occur in the coming days due to James' similarly-incredible campaign. Unfortunately for him, his incredible playoff run didn't factor into the voting (since MVP is a regular-season 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. Under Morey's direction, the Rockets acquired All-Star guard Chris Paul from the Clippers to team up with Harden and rising big man Capela.

He averaged 27.5 points on 54.2 percent from the field to go with a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games.

The Rockets had another victor in Daryl Morey, who was honored as Executive of the Year. He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy.

Oscar Robertson was presented with the NBA's 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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