Houston Rockets star and former Arizona State Sun Devils guard James Harden was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2017-18 season Monday night.
— NBA (@NBA) June 26, 2018
NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement during the NBA Awards Show in Southern California.
Harden averaged a career-high 30.4 points per game for the Rockets this season while guiding Houston to the Western Conference finals, where they fell in seven games to the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors. It is his first MVP Award and the second major award of his career — he was named Sixth Man of the Year while with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2011-12 season.
The former Sun Devil also averaged 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game in 2017-18.
Harden beat out finalists LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the honor.
— NBA (@NBA) June 25, 2018