Some spirited debates have finally come to an end with the 2018 NBA Awards. The second annual ceremony, which was hosted by Anthony Anderson, revealed the winners from such categories as Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and more.
The Kia NBA Most Valuable Player award went to James Harden.
Anderson started off the night by appearing on stage in the short suit look that has been taking the league by storm.
Apparently Anthony Anderson and LeBron have the same stylist pic.twitter.com/vhSZhSQ1wn— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 26, 2018
In his opening monologue, Anderson tried to get inside the mind of J.R. Smith during his Game 1 gaffe in this year’s NBA Finals, fire off the traditional LeBron hairline joke, and even try to help Joel Embiid secure that long-awaited date with Rihanna.
Prior to the 2018 NBA Awards, Donovan Mitchell took one last shot at his fellow Rookie of the Year finalist Ben Simmons.
However, it wasn’t enough to persuade voters in his direction. Simmons won the award, but still made sure to show Mitchell some love on his way up to the stage.
Still, it was Simmons and the Sixers that got the last laugh.
Unsurprisingly, the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo, the favorite to win the award for Most Improved Player, was given the honor.
Oladipo also got some singing in.
Whether you want to admit it or not, the Best Style award is in its rightful place—in the hands of Russell Westbrook for a second year in a row.
Russ has a message to all his fans that voted him for the 2017-2018 "Best Style" Award! pic.twitter.com/zSjFQMfgVh— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 26, 2018
Despite playing in just 56 games this past season, Rudy Gobert was named Defensive Player of the Year.
While Gobert’s impact on the defensive side of the court was undeniable, the only thing standing in his way was the fact that he played in a little over half the 2017-18 campaign.
Anthony Davis was robbed of DPOY. How does Rudy Gobert win the award by only playing 56 games?! Steph didn’t even make All NBA 1st or 2nd team simply because he missed a similar amount of games lmfao that’s bullshit.— Bean (@AmeenTheBean_) June 26, 2018
NOLA #Pelicans F/C @AntDavis23 robbed!— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) June 26, 2018
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert wins @NBA defensive player of the year.
Both excellent players but Gobert missed 26 games in
AD only missed 7.
That clearly didn’t have an impact on the voters.
For the second time in his career, Lou Williams won the award for Sixth Man of the Year after averaging a career-high 22.6 points per game this past season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The super awkward moment of the night happened when Dwane Casey won for Coach of the Year, nearly two months after he was fired by the Toronto Raptors. Casey addressed the elephant in the room by making light of his circumstance.
And if the Casey situation couldn't get any more awkward, his current and former teams hopped on Twitter to congratulate him.
Well this is awkward... pic.twitter.com/YXblNELKTS— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 26, 2018
A humble yet deserving Jamal Crawford accepted the Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.
"Every team that I've ever had, I've tried to let them know I'll be there for them through good and bad." - @JCrossover on winning Twyman Stokes Teammate of the Year Award #NBAAwards pic.twitter.com/cAXMrULDnh— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 26, 2018
Charles Barkley shouted out Bill Russell before giving the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar Robertson. The 11-time champion Russell acknowledged the zero-time champ Barkley with a middle finger.
Bill Russell forever a legend 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/9Axww3yXsP— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) June 26, 2018
Speaking of the NBA, EA Sports had it's own announcement.
Head here for the full list of winners.