Houston Rockets, James Harden Finally Takes Home an MVP Trophy
By Trey Oursler
Houston Rockets Harden awarded the NBA Player’s Awards 2014-2015 MVP
After the ESPY’s kept everyone ranting on Twitter about one social injustice or the other last week, this week brings the NBA Player’s Awards presented by the Player’s Association. The awards show was aired Tuesday night on BET from Las Vegas and was hosted by Jay Pharoah.
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Like some of the other major awards shows around the globe, the Player’s Awards are voted on by their fellow active players. The awards handed out during the season to the players, including
‘s MVP, were decisions made by sports writers and broadcasters. Whether you like the idea of a player-voted award show or not, it’s about time the player’s got a first-hand say in who wins what. All-Star and New York Knicks small forward
said in a
from the NBA,
“We as players want the opportunity to recognize our peers, we are making that happen with our own award show.”
It makes sense that the guys playing on-the-court get the right to choose who deserved the award.
Awards: MVPBest RookieMan of the YearBest DefenderGlobal Impact PlayerHardest to GuardClutch PerformerCoach You’d Want to Play ForBest Home Court AdvantagePlayer You Wish Was on Your Team
With that being said, the MVP trophy was the major difference once the award show was all over. Many people thought it was a toss-up between Steph Curry and the Rocket’s James Harden during the regular season and by now we all know that Curry ended up with the award. Well, thanks to the Player’s Awards, James Harden was able to take home an MVP trophy of his own this year.
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Harden was 2nd in the league in scoring at 27.4 PPG, led Houston with 7.5 APG and didn’t have nearly as much help as the other candidates had.
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After receiving his award, Harden had a few things to say including his appreciation towards God, his family, his team, the NBAPA and he finished by saying, ” I preciate this vote, it means a lot, and I’m really thankful for it.” After it was announced that Harden won, it was noted that the award came down to one vote between Harden and Curry, a solid start to the first-ever Player’s Awards.
Although all the headlines surrounding Harden have been about his off-the-court relationship recently, the now-MVP needed this so that he didn’t think all of his hard work went unnoticed. It almost feels more real when you get an award based on your peers votes than the people watching from the stands. With the Rockets front office bringing in more talent this off-season, ‘The Beard’ may not be up for MVP, but he may have the help he needs to take this team to the promise land.
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