NBA Awards: LA Clippers' Chris Paul Up For Assist of the Year

Inaugural NBA Awards Show airs on Sports + Action

LeBron, meanwhile, was not even nominated for the MVP despite being the best player on the planet, but at least he was able to vent his frustration over the snub by pelting small children with water balloons.

The NBA will announce the victor of the MVP and the other individual honors during the first NBA Awards show in NY. In the aftermath of Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors, superstar point guard Russell Westbrook became only the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double while leading his Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs. Harden and the Rockets' record for the season was 55-27, coming in third in the Western Conference. Reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry set the then-single regular season record for most 3-pointers made in a year. "The Process" averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.1 assists per game last season.

Before this season, the NBA's awards were given at various times throughout the postseason.

After a postseason that lasted for nearly two months, the regular season may feel like a distant memory, but you might remember a furious debate regarding triple-doubles and the definition of "value" that still needs to be settled.

The finalists for Rookie of the Year are the Milwaukee Bucks' guard Malcolm Brogden who was drafted 36th overall last year and the Philadelphia 76ers' center Joel Embiid and forward Dario Saric. And maybe the league and its television partners - who get a night of live summer sports programming out of it - will find out what works and what doesn't and make it better the second time around. Westbrook will join Houstons James Harden and San Antonios Kawhi Leonard as finalists for the leagues MVP award.

In the Sixth Man Award category it will be Eric Gordon of the Rockets, and teammate Lou Williams, with Andre Iguodala of the Warriors. Like Westbrook, Leonard also played in the Air Jordan XXXI. D'Antoni turned the team's star player who wasn't known as a defensive player and didn't pass often into the opposite. How numerous six major award winners (MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach, Sixth Man, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved) from the last five seasons can you name in five minutes? Though he may not be a Rocket next year, he is still one of the best defenders in the league.

And it's been so long since we had to cast our votes - at the end of the regular season as I recall - that I have no recollection of who I voted for. The All-NBA Team was announced during the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

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