James Harden

Rockets guard was named league’s Most Valuable Player, leading the team to a franchise-best 65 wins and to the Western Conference finals where they lost to eventual champs Golden State in Game 7. Averaged 30.4 points, 8.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals and thwarted defenses with his instincts at point and his step-back jumper. Scored a season-high 60 points in a win over Orlando and had 18 30-plus point games, including 8 in the playoffs.