As expected, Houston Rockets star guard James Harden, center, was named the NBA's most valuable player for the 2017-18 season. Harden narrowly edged out Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James for his first ever MVP award.

Harden becomes the third Rockets player to ever win MVP, joining NBA greats Hakeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone. Harden averaged 30 points per game and led his team to the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs.

Harden, 28, posed with his mom Monja Willis (R) and his family in the backstage photo room during the 2018 NBA Awards, which was held Monday, June 25, at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

"I felt like I should have won last year too," Harden said after the awards show. "I didn't see a difference between this year and last year." Harden played all 82 games of the season -- as did LeBron James.

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons, 21, took home the Rookie of the Year award and Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, 26, was the league's Most Improved Player.

On hand to congratulate the boys was Destiny's Child singer/dancer Kelly Rowland and rapper Meek Mill (not pictured).

Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

  • Kanyade

    Congrats to the winners. Kelly looks cute...EDIT...minus the dress.

  • iWasteTime

    I loved Harden and Paul's look. Congratulations on the win.
    Is Ben still canceled, he checks all my boxes!
    Kelly! Girl, you so pretty! !

  • ShelbyMoore

    I loved the way that James spoke of his mother....beautiful. I know she's happy to have her son back and away from them Kheathens.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Hmmm....wasn't James Harden a "friend" of Khloe K? And isn't Ben Simmons now dating a Kardashian? Those Kardashian women get around the NBA don't they?

  • Faithz

    Good for Harden, and He has a lovely Mother it seems.
    Kelly look great, and is so Underrated to me.

  • Faithz

    Blue is growing into such a little Beauty, and she seem
    to be very smart.

  • Sushi

    Ben Simmons needs about 15 more years on him......He is a cutie.....

  • Coy little wink

    Harden...ninja you superfly ?

  • Solstice

    I swear I said the same!! ?Until I clicked on the thumbnail at the bottom and saw the full dress.… Ugh ?

  • FukkFolks2018

    It irritates the sports baskteball shit outta me that Ben Simmons is considered a rookie...2 seasons in a row. That is complete and utter bullshit. You were injured last season. Okay. I get that. But to get a damn do-over to be a rookie again is...a no for me dog. They robbed Donovan Mitchell of this. I am truly about to give the NBA up and go back to strictly NCAA ball.

  • T3

    Damn! Hate I scrolled up and clicked on it ?????

  • JV

    Congrats to Harden. He earned it this year. Crazy to think how if they hadn't gone 0-30 from three or whatever that last game, we could've had an actually exciting Finals.

  • Reina1718

    Ashanti didnt go??

  • FukkFolks2018

    And congrats to Harden. He one of the best to ever do it for the Rockets. Like him a lot he works hard.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Congrats to James Harden. That ugly suit is a no, though.

    Leave the ugly outfits to Dwyane Wade, bro.

  • pecancandy

    Close call

  • pecancandy

    Congratulations to all. A lotta fashion risk takers I see.

  • my view

    He deserves it

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Congratulations, young man.

    I like the style of his suit, but not a fan of the pattern.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. Chris Paul getting injured was a bad break for them too.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    I really like James' änsämb?l, Lol! (And Mama Monja's skin is flawless!)
    I also think Shaq's young men are beautifully turned out.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Kheathens tho??! Bwahaahaaa

  • Peppermint Patty

    Same here eww.... Kelly must have let her little boy help the designer make that piece now...you guys leave my girl alone!

  • Coy little wink

    Are those ghetto shamrocks?

  • Django the God

    Shouldn't have copied Curry.

  • T3

    ? And oh, I fuxx with Kellz! That's my girl too. But she should not have said yes to the dress lol

  • Django the God

    Plus he was redshirted. He's going on 30 years old.

  • Django the God

    Assist game strong.

  • supastar

    what in the pussycat outfit is he wearing??? OH congratulations!

  • Yardgirl

    Preach sis!!!

  • 100milesperhour

    TF Meek got on his feet? Say what? Oh, they help build leg strength b/c his bottom 1/2 looks dystrophic.

  • Mints

    Damn James. Its true....Money cant buy taste

  • Rico768

    His family is so fashionable.

  • JV

    lol wut? Simmons is barely old enough to drink!

  • Karen Brady

    teeeeeheeeeeeee

  • RICHIE_RICH

    The boys and girls have stolen the gays fashion and slang. Got grown men dressing like the kids and grown women looking like trannies ??????????. Good morning y’all

  • Karen Brady

    lollllllllllllll

  • Trace da Ace

    his outfit is very loud....hmmmm.....

  • Ni Ni

    Mawnin yawl?! Ben Simmons suit looks the best to me. Kelly's outfit would be better suited for the club.

  • Tiff J

    Which player is she dating?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Its a whole mess and nobody can explain to me why he is getting this treatment. He is not all that great. His college team aint even make it in NCAA tourney yet he was number one draft pick in 2016. Like...Im at a loss.

  • Rayne

    I liked the jackets ? choices.

  • FukkFolks2018

    She too busy with Nelly daddy

  • Django the God

    Haha

  • ATL White Guy

    Congrats to all the award winners, but shouldn't Harden be a little humble and be happy vs saying “I felt like I should have won last year too,” Enjoy the moment! He may be right, but it is what it is. Lebron James could say this every year.

  • NeverSurprised

    Harden's mother looks nice, as does Ben Simmons, but the outfits on some of these players and their sons!!??!! All that is needed is a clown car.

  • JV

    Why did Oladipo wear the same style as Harden? Why is anyone wearing this style?

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    That beard has a life of it's own but congrats to him.

  • JV

    And LeBron doesn't even bother trying half the time in regular season games, it's insane.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *gasp*

    she getting it at the source????!!!!

    *clutches pearls*

  • BrownIsBack

    "beautifully turned out"
    you know I'm side eyeing you

  • BrownIsBack

    Lol I saw where Nelly went off on him

  • Being bad is way more fun

    How in the hell did Shaq make such phyne ass men ?????

  • Vonn

    Congrats to Ben Simmons!!

  • Being bad is way more fun

    They didnt steal anything they are just letting you know who they are lol

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    nah, i'm so sick of sagging, i genuinely appreciate these young men showing up for their dad and looking like they made an effort. not a huge fan of Shawnie, but she must be doing something right.

  • BrownIsBack

    Jimmy Hoffa's bones are probably hidden in there

  • BrownIsBack

    If Chris Paul don't get his fine azz out of that crap

  • KcoolMuziq

    I like what James is wearing. I would rock that!

  • Fire & Ice

    Hardens family looks nice.

  • Yardgirl

    ITA!!

  • Brown & Proud

    Meek always looks so goofy. Loose fitting pants are your friend brotha! Buy some!

  • SweetTEE

    I wish these men would stop wearing ugly ass curtains as outfits.

  • FukkFolks2018

    He couldnt say that last year. He wasnt even nominated as a finalist. Its like a sweepstakes/lottery. "You gotta be present to win".

  • FukkFolks2018

    She out here tryna get ultimate revenge on Nelly and become his stepmama

  • Pitty Patty

    I miss regular suits. I can't get jiggy with them clown suits up top.

  • Missy

    I thght Ben was Steph.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    they call it "style" ... looking stupid.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Everyone looks good except Shaq and that baggy suit he has on.

    I liked Donovan Mitchell trolling Simmons with the Rookie? van.

  • Quitedeliteful

    What in the crazy spotted giraff prints are these guys wearing??

  • Quitedeliteful

    Shaq got on the old man suit...

  • Quitedeliteful

    I have to say I like the new style suits better than the old-timer's suit Shaq has on...

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Same. I like the prints and the fit.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yep. The fit is nice. Men's suits can be so boring. I'm glad they're shaking it up a bit...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    as Fay would say, i am unable to can.... LOL!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yep. these guys are rock stars! they don't work at the bank, LOL!!!!

  • We Can Do This

    The 2018 revision of the Zoot Suit!

  • Logan Roberts

    Interesting fashions ?. And LeBron is a Capricorn, we are always going to be ok.

  • the guest

    Congratulations Mr. Harden!

    (Look at how a brother thrives when he refuses Khloe Kardashian.)

    Where's Lamar's MVP?

    Where's Tristan's MVP?

    All Khloe does is encourage brothers as deserters and deadbeats.

  • Peppermint Patty

    I totally concur...*singin here we go, here we go again* was the jam....

  • Dowoop

    I saw his picture last night and all I was thinking was this man skinned a cow to come to the award ceremony.

  • Dowoop

    Or just buy men's pants altogether instead of that unisex stuff

  • Reina1718

    Lol rite

  • Reina1718

    Harden

  • Marlika

    Thank you Ben Simmons for not showing your ankles.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Right? Besides, always wearing a blue, black or grey suit gets boring...

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Congratulations to all the winners. Well deserved.

  • Kimberly King

    Ben looks good here. Love his attire.

  • Kimberly King

    Girl ! I'm sick of these ninjas. Ben killed this look

  • teather

    Dubnation here, but I'm happy for James. Hes like the hardest working guy in bball.They give him nothing and expect him to make cherry pie. Congrats! James. See what happens when you ditch those Kardashes? You win MVP! Now, Tristan do you need some help understanding this or you gonna keep sidesteppin and wearing tight pants?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • Solstice

    Lol!! ?

  • Lady_Elle

    rofl

  • Lady_Elle

    Congratulations to the winners!
    I like everything about Ben Simmons suit... especially covered ankles!

  • Dahl

    Go Ben Simmons! And I love Kelly’s dress...

  • Brown & Proud

    Haha fa real!

  • MRiGOThim

    Damn, K> Row lookin like a snack...Not sure wtf James had on but him & Ben Simmons could get it :P

  • the chosen one

    he looks like someone shot his a$$ multiple times with a paintball gun.also, as much money as he has, he needs to invest in some Wahl clippers. his beard looks like unshaven genitalia. that's a bad look. and he looks older than 28.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Lol ???

  • Quitedeliteful

    he looks like someone shot his a$$ multiple times with a paintball gun.
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    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!