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James Harden is the MVP and every other award from the 2018 NBA Awards Show!

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Most Valuable Player: Out of Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, LeBron James of the Cavaliers and James Harden of the Rockets, the 2018 NBA MVP is ... James Harden!

Sager Strong Award: Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo

Executive of the Year: Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets

NBA Play of the Year: The Clutch Shot of the Year by LeBron James on Feb. 7 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves!

NBA Hustle Award: Amir Johnson of the Philadelphia 76ers!

Lifetime Achievement Award: Oscar Robertson

Twyman Stokes Teammate of the Year: Jamal Crawford of the Minnesota Timberwolves!

Community Assist Award: The NBA Cares Community Assist Award goes to ... Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors!

Coach of the Year: Out of Dwane Casey of the Raptors, Brad Stevens of the Celtics and Quin Snyder of the Jazz, the winner is ... Dwane Casey!

Sixth Man of the Year: Out of Lou Williams of the Clippers, Fred VanVleet of the Raptors and Eric Gordon of the Rockets, the winner is ... Lou Williams!

Defensive Player of the Year: Out of finalists Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis ... the winner is Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz!

Most Improved Player: The 2018 Most Improved Player is ... Victor Oladipo, beating out Clint Capela and Spencer Dinwiddie!

Rookie of the Year: Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons were the three finalists and the winner is ... Ben Simmons!

Also: daaaang!


We’re live-blogging the 2018 NBA Awards show! Keep refreshing for all the coverage you need, with viewing information living at the bottom of this article, as well as a list of finalists for the biggest awards.

Oh, and Anthony Anderson is rockin the suit shorts. Because of course.


The 2018 NBA awards will be revealed on Monday night at 9:00 p.m. ET in Santa Monica, California, a full 17 days after the Finals wrapped up. It’s finally time we learn who’s won the MVP, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year and more. While most of the pool feels decided, the big question surrounds who will win Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell or Ben Simmons? That debate heated up in the final few weeks.

This is the second year the event has been held. Last year Drake hosted, and this time around, Anthony Anderson will take the spotlight. Travis Scott is also scheduled to perform.

Here’s each award, and the three finalists up for it:

Most Valuable Player

Rookie of the Year

  • Jayson Tatum, Celtics
  • Ben Simmons, Sixers
  • Donovan Mitchell, Jazz

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Joel Embiid, Sixers
  • Rudy Gobert, Jazz
  • Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Sixth Man of the Year

Most Improved Player of the Year

  • Victor Oladipo, Pacers
  • Clint Capela, Rockets
  • Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets

Coach of the Year

  • Dwane Casey, Raptors
  • Brad Stevens, Celtics
  • Quin Snyder, Jazz

Oscar Robertson is also set to receive a lifetime achievement award, and Dikembe Mutombo will receive the Sager Strong award.

This year, the league also added fan-voted categories to accompany the main awards. You can vote for the Play of the Year here.

Nominees include LeBron James’ fadeaway buzzer-beater over the Timberwolves, his no-look pass to Ante Zizic, Giannis Anteotokounmpo’s alley-oop over Tim Hardaway Jr.’s head, Anthony Davis’ block of Royce O’Neale’s dunk and Kyrie Irving’s unreal handles to get by Malcolm Brogdon.

Those nominees beat out their competition in each category (Dunk of the Year, Assist of the Year, etc.) to advance to the Play of the Year nominee pool. In addition, Russell Westbrook won Best Style.

Monday night should be a fun one to cap off the year, just a week before free agency begins and another season starts.

NBA Awards Show 2018

Date: June 25

Time: 9:00 p.m. ET

Where: Santa Monica, California

TV: TNT

Streaming: TNT app