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Utah’s Rudy Gobert wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year

26 June, 2018, 16:29 | Author: Delia Walker
  • New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is nominated for three awards at the 2018 NBA Awards

Even on the night he received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, Houston Rockets star James Harden had to address what's likely to be a big offseason for his team.

In the 33 games he played without Cousins, Davis averaged 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, two steals and 3.2 blocks while shooting 51.4 percent from the field.

Proving that he's an elite scorer, the 28-year-old also topped the list of most numbers of three-pointers made (265) and 50-point games (four).

James averaged 27.5 points and career-highs in both rebounds (8.6) and assists (9.1) per contest during this past regular season. Casey also coached the Eastern Conference in this year's All-Star Game. 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.

After Barkley mentioned last year's recipient Bill Russell, Boston's Hall of Fame center flipped his middle finger in Barkley's direction.




Backstage, Robertson commended the activism of today's players, although he wondered why more white athletes aren't speaking out.

Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season.

The Beard was named the 2018 NBA MVP. His antitrust case against the National Basketball Association also ushered in free agency for players, which Robertson said was his most important assist. "They've seen some injustice in the streets or wherever it might be, it might be nearly anywhere, and they're stepping up". "And, my teammates of course and my great coach and the city of Philadelphia for really embracing me and my family so thank you".

Robertson added that injustices in the world weren't just a "black athlete problem" and that there appears to be a "system where you don't want players to say anything at all".

The Hustle Award went to Amir Johnson of the 76ers.

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