2018 NBA Awards: James Harden, Rudy Gobert and Ben Simmons Take Home Awards

2018 NBA Awards

The 2017-18 NBA season has officially come to a close.

Monday’s awards show — which was voted on by the media — put a cap on another great season for the league.

Houston’s James Harden took home MVP honors as he edged out LeBron James to win his first NBA MVP title. Harden took down James despite the fact “The King” put together one of his best statistical seasons ever in his 15th season.

In an awkward moment, Dwane Casey won Coach of the Year for the Raptors despite being fired from the franchise after the Raptors were swept in the second round the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

Ben Simmons beat out Donovan Mitchell for Rookie of the Year in what was one of the most contentious debates of the season as Simmons was drafted two years ago but sat out all of last season with a injury.

Utah’s Rudy Gobert took home the Defensive Player of the Year award and the Clippers’ Lou Williams won the Sixth Man of the Year award for the second time since 2015.

The Play of the Year — which was voted on by the fans — was also handed out as well as the Dunk of the Year, Clutch Shot of the Year, Assist of the Year, Block of the Year and Handle of the Year.

Here’s a breakdown of how it all went down:

NBA Most Valuable Player

WINNER: James Harden, Houston Rockets
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Past Winners

YEAR PLAYER TEAM
2018 James Harden Houston Rockets
2017 Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
2016 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
2015 Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
2014 Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Rookie of the Year

WINNER: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

NBA Sixth Man Award

WINNER: Lou Williams, LA Clippers
Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors

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NBA Defensive Player of the Year

WINNER: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Past Winners

YEAR PLAYER TEAM
2018 Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
2017 Draymond Green Golden State Warriors
2016 Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
2015 Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
2014 Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls

NBA Most Improved Player

WINNER: Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
Clint Capela, Houston Rockets
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets

NBA Coach of the Year

WINNER: Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors
Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz
Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics

Past Winners

YEAR COACH TEAM
2018 Dwane Casey Toronto Raptors
2017 Mike D’Antoni Houston Rockets
2016 Steve Kerr Golden State Warriors
2015 Mike Budenholzer Atlanta Hawks
2014 Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs

Teammate of the Year Award

WINNER: Jamal Crawford, Minnesota Timberwolves

NBA Cares Community Assist Award

WINNER: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Play of the Year

WINNER: Clutch Shot of the Year — Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James
Dunk of the Year — Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo
Assist of the Year — Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James
Block of the Year — New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis
Handler of the Year — Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving

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Clutch Shot of the Year

WINNER: Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins
Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard
Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier
Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker

Dunk of the Year

WINNER: Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James
Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan
Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance
Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell

Block of the Year

WINNER: New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis
New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis
Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo
Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo
Phoenix Suns’ Marquese Chriss

Assist of the Year

WINNER: Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James
San Antonio Spurs’ Kyle Anderson
LA Clippers’ Milos Teodosic
Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo
Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons

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All-NBA First Team

Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Kevin Durant, Warriors
James Harden, Rockets
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Damian Lillard, Blazers

NBA All-Rookie Team

Kyle Kuzma, Lakers
Lauri Markkanen, Bulls
Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
Ben Simmons, 76ers
Jayson Tatum, Celtics

NBA All-Defensive Team

Rudy Gobert, Jazz
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Jrue Holiday, Pelicans
Robert Covington, 76ers

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