All season long, James Harden of the Houston Rockets has been working overtime to led his team to the promise land. He led the NBA in scoring, improved his defense, and help the Rockets get the best overall record in the regular season.
Everything was going Hardens way till his team met up with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Harden put up a good fight, winning many battles and even getting the upper hand. But after he suffered the loss of a valuable teammate in Chris Paul, he couldn't stop the Warriors and he lost in seven games.
That was then, but Monday night (June 25) at the NBA Awards, it wasn't about team, it was about the individual. While Harden much rather be wearing a championship ring, he got a nice piece of hardware that he will always be proud of. Harden has won his first NBA MVP Award.
Winning this year's award was no easy task. Harden had to beat top stars like Anthony Davis and LeBron James (who really is MVP every year).
Harden led the league in scoring with 30.4 points per game while guiding the Rockets to the NBA’s best regular-season record. He also averaged 8.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals while hitting 36.7 percent of his 3-point shots for a team that set the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in a single season.