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

He is the first Rocket to lead the National Basketball Association in points per game in a season, and the second player in franchise history to average 30-plus in a season (Moses Malone - 31.1 in 1981-82). Tonight, awards will be handed out to the league's best ballers, including MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, the battle for the Rookie of the Year award is between Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell.


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.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, beating out Anthony Davis of the Pelicans and Joel Embiid of the 76ers.


Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the favorite for the award after finishing second to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook last season. He finished fourth in the voting last season.

"First of all, I'd just like to say thank you to all the writers and also to Brad (Stevens) and Quin (Snyder) who are two outstanding coaches and to the rest of the coaches in the NBA", Casey said. Gordon won the award last season. He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy.


Those facts were not lost on two-time MVP victor Stephen Curry, as he took to Instagram to wonder if the man who drafted those players for the Thunder, Sam Presti, was getting an MVP award too. Harden was the driving force behind the historical season for the Rockets. A former NBA MVP and 12-time All-Star, Robertson averaged 25.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds over 14 NBA seasons between the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.

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