After a wild regular season and postseason for the Houston Rockets—one that began with a blur of 3-point shooting and a suit of wins and ended in a disappointing playoff loss—the team received a complimenting reminder yesterday, Monday. The NBA’s first ever postseason award show brought about a whole slew of awards and honors for the Rockets.
Rockets guard Eric Gordon was named Sixth Man of the Year, followed by guard Patrick Beverley who was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team and the first Hustle Award winner, and head coach Mike D’Antoni was named Coach of the Year.
Unfortunately, guard James Harden fell short in the MVP balloting, finishing behind Oklahoma City’s Russel Westbrook. Below are the voting totals:
|Player, Team||1st Place Votes (10 points)||2nd Place Votes (7 points)||3rd Place Votes (5 points)||4th Place Votes (3 points)||5th Place Votes (1 point)||Total Points|
|Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)||69||19||13||0||0||888|
|Harden, James (Hou.)||22||69||10||0||0||753|
|Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)||9||9||52||28||3||500|
|James, LeBron (Cle.)||1||4||19||63||11||333|
|Thomas, Isaiah (Bos.)||0||0||4||8||37||81|
|Curry, Stephen (G.S.)||0||0||3||1||34||52|
|Wall, John (Was.)||0||0||0||1||4||7|
|Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)||0||0||0||0||7||7|
|Davis, Anthony (N.O.)||0||0||0||0||2||2|
|Durant, Kevin (G.S.)||0||0||0||0||2||2|
|DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)||0||0||0||0||1||1|
It wouldn’t necessarily be the first time Harden’s been snubbed of the MVP award: in the 2014-15 season, he also fell short to Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Last year, he was even snubbed of a single All-NBA Team; though, this year, he was the only unanimous player selected for First Team.
In my opinion, if James can make another case for MVP this upcoming season and win the award, I think it’ll just make the moment a whole lot sweeter—robbed twice, third time’s the charm.
Source: NBA Official