The day before his 26th birthday on Monday, their 7-foot-1 son stood tall on the stage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California as the NBA's 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year award victor. Houston general manager Daryl Morey was also named Executive of the Year. Durant was the highest Warriors vote-getter, finishing seventh in voting behind Harden, James, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Proving that he's an elite scorer, the 28-year-old also topped the list of most numbers of three-pointers made (265) and 50-point games (four).More news: Toronto Pride Parade to kick off amid tensions between LGBTQ community, police
Harden appeared in 72 games for the Western Conference finalists last season, averaging a league-leading 30.4 points, 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds over 35.4 minutes a night.
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Harden becomes the third Rocket ever to win the award, joining Moses Malone (1978-79 and 1981-82) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94). Capela averaged a double-double with 13.9 points a game and 10.8 rebounds a game. James finished second with 738 points and 15 first-place votes, while Davis was third with 445 points and no first-place votes. Harden was the driving force behind the historical season for the Rockets. Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams bested Gordon, and Capela was edged by Pacers all-star Victor Oladipo. The Defensive Player of the Year went to center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.
Dwane Casey earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Raptors to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. "Do I want to do this again?'" Casey said. Harden became the first player in National Basketball Association history to have a 60-point triple-double.More news: Rudy doubt for Germany with broken nose