After pulling together one of the best statistical seasons in NBA history, James Harden gave doubters little to feast on in his bid for the MVP award.
True enough, very few people held their breath before the Houston Rockets star was finally named the best individual performer of the season during a glamorous awards night.
Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season, and also led the league in scoring three-pointers and 50-point games with four, while helping the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins.
“The last four years have been like knocking on the door, knocking on the door. Now the moment is finally here,” Harden said. Harden beat Cleveland superstar LeBron James and New Orleans franchise player Anthony Davis for his first MVP award.