James Harden one of three nominees for NBA's Most Valuable Player award

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

Most Valuable Player: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and James Harden (Houston Rockets).

The finalists in all categories were determined by voting by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The standout award is, of course, the MVP honor and the trio of James, Harden and Davis has separated themselves from the rest of the pack with their performances in the regular season. But to keep our appetites satiated, the National Basketball Association announced the finalists for each award on Wednesday.

The results will be announced June 25 during a televised show in Los Angeles. He led the National Basketball Association in scoring, averaging 30.4 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals.

Anthony Davis is also up for defensive player of the year alongside Jazz bigman Rudy Gobert and 76ers centre Joel Embiid.

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The 28-year-old star was also third in the league in assists (8.8) and seventh in steals (1.75).

James had arguably the most complete offensive season of his 15-year career, averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3 during a tumultuous season for the Cavs.

After only appearing in only 31 games as a super rookie in 2016-2017, Embiid silenced all of the doubters in his second season as a pro and quickly established himself as one of the most dominant players in the league at both ends of the court.

Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).

Coach of the Year finalists include Boston's Brad Stevens, Quin Snyder of Utah and Dwane Casey, the Toronto coach who was sacked by the Raptors after they were swept 4-0 by the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.

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