James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

  • James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

As expected, James Harden is one of the three nominees for Most Valuable Player, along with Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orleans' Anthony Davis.

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

The votes for the regular-season awards were submitted by the media in April. Tatum averaged 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 steals.

In a season that was anything but normal for the Cavaliers, James elevated his game to an awesome level.

While his offense has never been in question, especially after averaging 20 points a night as a rookie, Embiid's defensive dominance really took his game to the next level in 2017-2018 and is a big reason his team got so much better so quickly.

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

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.

The victor of the NBA's MVP will be revealed at the 2018 NBA Awards on Monday, June 25.

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

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

Simmons and Mitchell's respective teammates Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert are also nominated for Defensive Player of the Year along with Davis.