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Anthony Davis named finalist for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year awards

Anthony Davis named finalist for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year awards

Most consider Houston Rockets guard James Harden to be the prohibitive favorite to win this season's MVP Award, but he'll have some stiff competition.

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.

LeBron James was named one of the three finalists for the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the league announced on Wednesday. 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.

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

Lastly, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis led his side to sixth in the Western Conference and finished the regular season with 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game despite the absence of DeMarcus Cousins due to injury for the second half of the campaign.

Even though Embiid probably won't win the award, as Gobert's defensive ranking is far and away the best mark in the entire league, it's nice to see the big man get some much-needed appreciation for his hard work.




The winners will be announced after the season during the NBA's Season Awards Show on June 25.

Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high fives teammates before Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Rockets' Eric Gordon - the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year - was again named a finalist for the award.

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

After plenty of off-court chat, Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons will continue their battle for rookie of the year, while Jayson Tatum is also a finalist.


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