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Old 06-24-2015, 02:50 PM   #1
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James Harden, J.J. Watt nominated for ESPY awards

By Sharon Nunn - Staff

HOUSTON - Two Houston pro athletes have been nominated for coveted ESPYS awards. James Harden, shooting guard for the Houston Rockets, was nominated for the Best NBA Player award, and J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, was nominated for Best Male Athlete and Best NFL Player.

The ESPYs, put on by ESPN, is a yearly award show that recognizes athletes from most well-known sports, ranging from the NFL and the NBA to bowling and horse racing.

Harden and Watt are on this year's ballot. Both who have resumes packed with records and wins.

Watt was named to the Pro Bowl, The Associated Press All-Pro First Team and the PFWA All-NFL team for the third consecutive year after what many are calling his best season. He also became the first player in NFL history with a receiving touchdown, a safety, a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown in a single season.

Harden was the first player in NBA history to make 700 or more free throws and 200 or more three-point field goals in the same season. He set the Rockets' franchise record and led the NBA with 715 free throws. Harden also led the Rockets to the 2015 Western Conference Finals.

In addition to Houston team players making the ballot, Houston native Brittney Griner, a Baylor alumna and Phoenix Mercury basketball player, was nominated for Best WNBA Player. Griner also attended Nimitz High School in Houston. She set an NCAA career record in her 2009-2010 Baylor season for blocked shots.

University of Texas alumnus Jordan Spieth was nominated for an ESPY for Best Male Golfer. He won his first major tournament at the Masters this year, earning $1.8 million and recently won the U.S. open.

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