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James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

17 May, 2018, 09:43 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

LeBron James, James Harden and Anthony Davis are on the shortlist for winning the MVP award as the National Basketball Association announced Wednesday the finalists for a number of awards to be handed out following the end of the postseason.

James is joined by Houston's James Harden and New Orleans' Anthony Davis as the other two finalists.

The NBA revealed the finalists for some of its major awards on Wednesday (May 16) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was nominated to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.

Harden led the National Basketball Association in scoring at 30.4 points per game, while guiding the Rockets to a franchise-best 65 wins. He didn't miss a game in a season for the first time in his career and averaged almost 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists per game while also making 54 percent of his shots.

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.

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Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists this season.

James led the league in minutes played per game as he helped the inconsistent Cavaliers into 4th place in the Eastern Conference.

"I would vote for me", James said in March. The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, Calif. during the NBA Awards show. Mitchell averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals.

Utah's Donovan Mitchell, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons of Australia and Jayson Tatum of Boston are the finalists for Rookie of the Year.

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.

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