He reportedly agreed to the biggest contract in NBA history -- a four-year $228 million extension through the 2022- 23 season. ESPN first reported the specifics of Harden's deal. The contract is a super maximum extension, the most money any player has ever received. Harden was named first team All-NBA which made him able to ink the record-breaking "supermax" extension. Following the deal, Harden released a statement Saturday about his contract.
The NBA will be announcing the MVP and other awards winners during their inaugural award show Monday night. The show will take place at Basketball City in Manhattan, New York and will be broadcast on TNT at 9 p.m. The show will be hosted by rapper and NBA superfan Drake. The finalists for this year's MVP are the Houston Rockets' James Harden, the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook. Harden and the Rockets' record for the season was 55-27, coming in third in the Western Conference.
While full of praise for his former teammate, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook refused to outright state whether James Harden deserved to be this year's recipient of the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. Harden emerged as the heavy favorite to win the MVP award for the first time in his career, as his 30.6 points, 8.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game helped the Houston Rockets clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and currently boast a 64-16 regular season record. But despite Harden's Rockets now being the favorites to win the NBA playoffs, which begin this week, Westbrook is still unsure if the 28-year-old should win the award. Despite praising James Harden, Russell Westbrook (right) is unsure if he should win NBA MVP. Their team has the best record in the NBA.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook became the first NBA player to record historic multiple triple-double seasons in the win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Before the 115-93 win over the Miami Heat on Monday night, Westbrook needed 34 rebounds from the final two regular season games to average another triple-double season as he went into the contest with 25.6 points, 10.1 assists and 9.8 rebounds per game. With a tally of 18 rebounds, the 29-year-old then required just 16 rebounds against the Grizzlies to accomplish the feat and he did just that even before the third quarter was done with as the Thunder emerged 137-123 winners. Westbrook finished the game with six points, 19 assists and 20 rebounds and ended his regular season campaign with an average of 25.6 points, 10.1 assists and 10 rebounds. Before the game, Westbrook rubbished critics who claimed he was simply "stat-padding" his way to the record books.
With the 2017 NBA Playoffs set to get underway, the league's best players will take center stage for the next two months. The regular season can feel long and meaningless for many teams, and the postseason is where players truly become superstars. Much has been made of the NBA's "super teams," though the Golden State Warriors are the only team that has two top-10 players. The Boston Celtics have the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they don't have one player that ranks among the NBA's 10 best. Let's take a look at the top 10 NBA players in this year's postseason.