SANTA MONICA – The 2017/18 NBA Season Awards were handed out today with some deserving winners taking home accolades. A reminder, first, of the final nominees.
MVP: James Harden (Houston Rockets), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Rookie Of the Year: Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Defensive Player Of the Year: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Most Improved Player: Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Clint Capela (Houston Rockets), Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets)
6th Man Of the Year: Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Fred Van Vleet (Toronto Raptors)
Coach Of the Year: Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics), Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz)
The winners of the 2017/18 NBA Awards are…
MVP: JAMES HARDEN
James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, won the Most Valuable Player award ahead of LeBron James in second and Anthony Davis in third.
Throughout the 2017/18 season Harden averaged:
30.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 8.8apg, 1.8spg, 0.8bpg and shot the ball at 44% from the field, 36% from the three point line and 85% from the free throw line.
Rookie of the Year: BEN SIMMONS
For some reason this award was controversial in that people were complaining that Ben Simmons, of the Philadelphia 76ers, isn’t in his rookie season – those people are wrong.
Throughout the 2017/18 season Simmons averaged:
15.8ppg, 8.1rpg, 8.2apg, 1.7spg, 0.9bpg and shot the ball at 55% from the field and 56% from the free throw line.
Defensive Player of the Year: RUDY GOBERT
The “Stifle Tower” Rudy Gobert, of the Utah Jazz, has been a consistent performer defensively for the last couple of seasons and has now been rewarded for his efforts.
Throughout the 2017/18 season Gobert averaged:
13.5ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.4apg, 0.8spg, 2.3bpg and shot the ball at 62% from the field and 68% from the free throw line.
Most Improved Player: VICTOR OLADIPO
Victor Oladipo had shown glimpses of his talent while at the Orlando Magic and at the Oklahoma City Thunder, however it was this season with the Indiana Pacers that he put it all together.
Throughout the 2017/18 season Oladipo averaged:
23.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.3apg, 2.4spg, 0.8bpg and shot the ball at 45% from the field, 35% from the three point line and 80% from the free throw line.
6th Man of the Year: LOU WILLIAMS
Lou Williams took out the 6th Man of the Year award for the second time in his career. This time around it is with the Los Angeles Clippers but the last time he won it was in 2014/15 when he was with the Toronto Raptors.
Throughout the 2017/18 season Williams averaged:
22.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.3apg, 1.1spg, 0.2bpg and shot the ball at 44% from the field, 36% from the three point line and 83% from the free throw line.
Coach of the Year: DWANE CASEY
Dwane Casey took out the Coach of the Year award for the spectacular 59 wins that he led the Toronto Raptors to during the 2017/18 season.
The Raptors then proceeded to fire Casey after a disappointing postseason, he has since been hired by the Detroit Pistons for the 2018/19 season.