The Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time victor LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night. He beat out LeBron James who was a little ways back in second (15 first place votes), followed in order by Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Harden is only the second player in National Basketball Association history to win the MVP and Sixth Man of the Year awards in their career (Bill Walton was the other).
Harden becomes the third Rocket ever to win the award, joining Moses Malone (1978-79 and 1981-82) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94). 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. Tonight, awards will be handed out to the league's best ballers, including MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.More news: Instagram, now with over a billion users, takes on YouTube
Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history after winning a team-record 59 games. He averaged 18 points a game and scored in double figures in every game during the Western Conference Finals. 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.
"I think that as people evolve, and things are changing so much in the world with social media and whatnot, these people are young people who have families", Robertson said. Harden was the driving force behind the historical season for the Rockets.
Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston.
Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo received the Sager Strong Award, named for the late Turner Sports broadcaster.