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LeBron James named as one of three finalists for 2018 NBA MVP

17 May 2018

The finalists were based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The standout award is, of course, the MVP honor and the trio of James, Harden and Davis has separated themselves from the rest of the pack with their performances in the regular season.

The 76ers lost the series 4-1 to Boston but the 21-year-old guard had already cemented himself as a contender for the award during the regular season with a per game average of 15.8 points, 8.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds. He had 12 triple-doubles in the regular season.

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

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.

Davis led the league with 2.57 blocks per game.

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"I would vote for me", James said in March.

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

The most valuable player, sixth man, most improved player and coach of the year awards will also be named that night.

The award will be handed out after the NBA Finals, during the NBA Awards Show on June 25.

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.

LeBron James named as one of three finalists for 2018 NBA MVP