WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The 2017-18 NBA season was put to rest on Monday night with the second yearly NBA awards.
- Honors and titles like MVP, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year were awarded to the most worthy nominees.
- James Harden outdid Lebron James and Anthony Davis by winning his first NBA MVP award.
Here are the winners of the just-concluded NBA season presented by KIA:
Most Valuable Player winner: James Harden
James Harden was amazing throughout the season, bringing an outstanding record for the Houston Rockets, earning him the top award of the league.23
Lebron James, now in his 15th season put up one of his best numerical seasons, and Anthony Davis came out big as he led his team through the season and playoffs despite DeMarcus Cousin’s injury.
Rookie of the Year winner: Ben Simmons
This award led to one of the most controversial arguments of the season. Even though Jayson Tatum was remarkable and flashy in the playoffs, the award is all about the regular season and it comes down to a toss between Simmons and Donovan Mitchell. Philadelphia 76ers guard Simmons won the award.
Most Improved Player winner: Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo, Clint Capela, and Spencer Dinwiddie were the nominees for the Most Improved Player award. Pacer’s Oladipo just became an All-Star in his first season, Capela was the most underestimated player of a robust Rockets Team while Dinwiddie came out into light after being the starting point guard of the Nets. Oladipo eventually ran away with the award.
Defensive Player of the Year winner: Rudy Gobert
The following big men were contenders for Defensive Player of the Year award—Anthony Davis, also with an MVP nomination is the only player to be nominated for two different awards. Tenacious Jazz player Rudy Gobert, the highlight of the league’s second in defense, and Joel Embiid, who defended the 76ers’ paint with force all season. In the end, the Frenchman, Gobert, was the most fitting for the award.
Sixth Man of the Year winner: Lou Williams
Both Eric Gordon and Lou Williams won these awards last year and 2015 respectively. The two are always in debate for who is the Sixth Man of the year, and they, particularly Williams, don’t fail to impress once again. Along with them is the leader of noted bench mob, Fred VanVleet, but Williams once again shines to take the award this season with his dazzling performance.
Coach of the Year winner: Dwane Casey
This award is also controversial as Coach of the Year winner Dwane Casey was just fired after the season with the Raptors while presently training the Detroit Pistons. Challenging him, was media sensation Brad Stevens, who led the all-star team Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals and Quin Snyder, who supported the Jazz through all the strife.
Source: CBS Sports