LeBron James named as one of three finalists for 2018 NBA MVP

LeBron James named as one of three finalists for 2018 NBA MVP

Harden is widely considered to be the frontrunner to win the award for the first time in his career after coming in second twice, to Stephen Curry in 2015 and to Russell Westbrook in 2017.

The final three are James harden of the Houston Rockets, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Harden may end up winning the award, but this is as worthy of an MVP field as we've seen in recent memory.

Wednesday night before tip-off of game two of the Western Conference Finals, the National Basketball Association announced the three finalists for the league's highest individual honor.

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

Davis and the Pelicans overcame a season-ending injury to sidekick DeMarcus Cousins to earn the 6th seed in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell are finalists for the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

The finalists were based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, Calif. during the NBA Awards show. But to keep our appetites satiated, the National Basketball Association announced the finalists for each award on Wednesday.

Simmons and Mitchell's respective teammates Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert are also nominated for Defensive Player of the Year along with Davis. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is the other finalist.

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