Utah’s Rudy Gobert wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year

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The Thunder had all three players back in 2012, before they were even 25 years old, before sending Harden to the Rockets in a trade before the following season.

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year, while Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Russell Westbrook was named MVP ahead of the Houston star previous year and Harden, 28, was taking nothing for granted despite being expected to land the award for the first time.

The Rockets star became the third player in team history to receive the award. He was the NBA's scoring champion (30.4 points a game) to go along with 8.8 assists a game.

"But the only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening?" he said backstage.

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He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston. Although he may have been favored to win the award, it is a bit surprising to see that he received far more first-place votes than James did.

The other two, of course, were Russell Westbrook and the Golden State Warriors Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Gobert, who turns 26 on Tuesday, missed 26 games during the regular season with multiple injuries, but still anchored a Jazz defense that posted the second-best defensive rating (101.6) in the National Basketball Association last season. Gordon won the award last season.

He was sacked by the Raptors in May following their second consecutive second-round loss to the Cavs. The first honor for the Rockets from the award show actually went to general manager Daryl Morey, who was named NBA Executive of the Year.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. Casey also coached the Eastern Conference in this year's All-Star Game.

Oscar "The Big O" Robertson poses in the press room with the lifetime achievement award at the NBA Awards.

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