NBA Awards 2018: James Harden wins MVP, Bill Russell flips off Barkley

James Harden stands onstage at “Imma Be a Star” Block Party at Audubon Middle School. More

NBA legend Oscar Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday night during the NBA Awards show in California and used his platform to praise players for their social activism.

Harden's impact was undeniable, but there weren't many players that affected the game on both ends of the floor the way Davis did for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Harden was the NBA's leading scorer, averaging 30.4 points, and ranked third in assists with 8.8 per night. Harden is the third player in Rockets history to win the award, and he is the first since Hakeem Olajuwon won in 1994.

Robertson said he was happy to see LeBron James and other National Basketball Association stars take a stance on societal issues and called on white athletes to follow in their footsteps, according to ESPN.

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is the NBA's Most Improved Player after a stellar first season in IN that ended in a playoff showdown with James and the Cavaliers.

Harden's award will undoubtedly cause more debate to occur in the coming days due to James' similarly-incredible campaign.

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The other two, of course, were Russell Westbrook and the Golden State Warriors Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Before this season, his best finish in the MVP voting was when he was No. 5 in 2015.

He averaged 27.5 points on 54.2 percent from the field to go with a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games. Gordon won the award last season.

Does Ben Simmons have the edge for Rookie of the Year?

Dwane Casey was crowned Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Under Morey's direction, the Rockets acquired All-Star guard Chris Paul from the Clippers to team up with Harden and rising big man Capela.

Therefore, there's a lot riding on the MVP award every year.

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