Houston star James Harden cooks up another incredible season, but Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orlean's Anthony Davis look poised to challenge his MVP bid.
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. James' staggering list of regular season statistics included: averaging a team-high 27.5 points (3rd in NBA) on.542 shooting from the field (14th in NBA), a career-high tying 8.6 rebounds (15th in NBA), a career-high 9.1 assists (2nd in NBA), 1.41 steals and 0.87 blocks in 36.9 minutes. But to keep our appetites satiated, the National Basketball Association announced the finalists for each award on Wednesday.
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.
James was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month four times during the year and has now won the award 38 times in his career.
Davis pulled off what many thought was a miracle, dragging the Pelicans to the No. 6 seed in the playoffs despite a season-ending injury to running-mate DeMarcus Cousins.
The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, Calif. during the NBA Awards show.
Davis' competition for Defensive Player of the Year: Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.