LeBron, Harden, Davis up for MVP

Posted May 17, 2018

As a finalist for the 2018 NBA Defensive MVP, Embiid, who averaged 11 rebounds and a 3.6 Real Plus-Minus rating will be facing off against fellow defensive anchors Rudy Gobert (5.15) and Anthony Davis (3.8) for the title best defender in the league.

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.

He's joined by Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orleans' Anthony Davis as finalists for the top individual plum, the league announced Wednesday, May 16.

The votes for the regular-season awards were submitted by the media in April.

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

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

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.

To the victor goes the spoils, and while the Philadelphia 76ers unfortunately didn't close out the 2018 National Basketball Association season as National Basketball Association champions, they are receiving some much-deserved praise for their efforts nationally.

The NBA Awards presented by Kia will also include the announcement of the winners for NBA Basketball Executive of the Year, Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, NBA Sportsmanship Award, the Season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award and the fan-voted Play of the Year.

The two have formed a competitive rivalry in recent months as there will be particular intrigue with who wins the award this year, with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum rounding out the three.

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

Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) and Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics).