Houston Rockets guard James Harden has officially been named a finalist for the NBA Most Valuable Player award, along with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis.
Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis is a finalist for the MVP award and the Defensive Player of the Year award.
The awards will be voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, while fans will get to vote for several awards as well.
Harden has been the MVP runner-up in two of the past three seasons, and many feel that his incredible season - leading the league in scoring (30.4 points per game) while finishing third in assists (8.8 per game) on a Rockets team that finished with a league-high 65 wins - will be enough to finally get him the hardware.
The votes for the regular-season awards were submitted by the media in April.
Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists this season.
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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.
Davis averaged a career-best 28.1 points to go with 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks and is also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year along with Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers. The second annual NBA Awards will take place at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.
Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).
The winners will be announced after the season during the NBA's Season Awards Show on June 25.