Complete list of 2018 NBA Awards: Dikembe Mutombo steals show as James Harden wins MVP

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Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers (Getty Images)

The NBA had its award ceremony Monday. Ben Simmons of the 76ers opened things up by being named the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Simmons, 21, averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists in his rookie year. Rudy Gobert of the Jazz took home Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Lou Williams averaged 22.6 points and 5.3 assists and won the Sixth Man of the Year. He scored 35 or more points off the bench six times this season.

Former Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who was fired after the season, was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year. Casey was named the head coach of the Pistons after the season.

LeBron James won both the assist and clutch shot of the year and was awarded the play of the year by the fans for his game-winning 3-pointer against the Timberwolves before the All-Star break.

However, while all of the awards showed off just how good the 2017-18 season was, it was Dikembe Mutombo who stole the show with his acceptance speech for the Sager  Strong Award.

Mutombo’s speech could be described as nothing short of inspiring and his work with starting a hospital in his home nation of the Congo is something we should all aspire to.

Here is a running list of award winners, including Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, who was presented with the first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Most Valuable Player: James Harden, Rockets

Kia Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons, 76ers

Most Improved Player: Victor Oladipo, Pacers

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Jazz

Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams, Clippers

Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey, Raptors

NBA Cares Community Assist Award: Kevin Durant, Warriors

Teammate of the Year Award: Jamal Crawford, Timberwolves

Hustle Award: Amir Johnson, 76ers

Assist of the Year: LeBron James, Cavaliers

Block of the Year: Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Clutch Shot of the Year: LeBron James, Cavaliers

Dunk of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Handle of the Year: Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Play of the Year: LeBron James, Cavaliers

NBA Live Cover Boy: Joel Embiid, 76ers

Executive of the Year: Daryl Morey, Rockets 

Sager Strong Award: Dikembe Mutombo

Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker, Hornets 

Style Award: Russell Westbrook, Thunder