The Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time victor LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night.
Russell Westbrook was named MVP ahead of the Houston star a year ago and Harden, 28, was taking nothing for granted despite being expected to land the award for the first time.
Despite being 33 years old, James is continuing to play at the highest level and seemingly breaking records with every game as he finished the regular season playing every game for the first time in his career as well as averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists. Moses Malone won it twice as a Rocket in 1979 and 1982, and Hakeem Olajuwon took victory in 1994.
Needless to say, it is interesting to see that Harden won MVP by a rather comfortable margin.
Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz in the Adidas Dame 4.
Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history after winning a team-record 59 games.
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis is the other finalist for the MVP award.
Harden's award will undoubtedly cause more debate to occur in the coming days due to James' similarly-incredible campaign. Before this season, his best finish in the MVP voting was when he was No. 5 in 2015. He led the league in fourth-quarter points and scoring average.
Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey was named the NBA's Executive of the Year. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo received the Sager Strong Award, named for the late Turner Sports broadcaster. Harden became the first player in National Basketball Association history to have a 60-point triple-double.