Houston Rockets star James Harden named NBA's MVP

Australian guard Ben Simmons has been named Rookie of the Year

Australian guard Ben Simmons has been named Rookie of the Year

The Pelicans ended the year with a 48-34 record and swept the Portland Trail Blazers to advance to the Western Conference semifinals before falling to the Golden State Warriors, who went on to win their second consecutive National Basketball Association title.

James Harden of the Houston Rockets was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player, beating out four-time victor LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards today.

Harden beat out fellow finalists Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

This is the 28-year-old Los Angeles native's second National Basketball Association award, having been named Sixth Man of the Year in 2012 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Davis, 27, had his most successful year since entering the league, but Harden ran away with the award after a stellar season leading the Houston Rockets to a 65-17 record and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Moses Malone won it twice as a Rocket in 1979 and 1982, and Hakeem Olajuwon took victory in 1994.

"I'm very excited for the future and proud to be representing the Jazz", Gobert said.

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Simmons, 21, averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists in his rookie year.

"When you get fired, which I did recently, you always doubt yourself a little bit, you think 'Okay, can I do this?" The first honor for the Rockets from the award show actually went to general manager Daryl Morey, who was named NBA Executive of the Year.

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz took home Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Harden also became the third different Houston Rocket to win the MVP honor.

"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. Before Thunder star Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double in the past two seasons, Robertson was the most recent player to average a triple-double - in the 1961-62 season.

This Adidas commercial celebrating the MVP award, narrated by James Harden's mom, is pretty awesome.

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