NBA announces finalists for MVP Award

Houston Rockets guard James Harden has long been considered the favorite for the MVP Award, and he will now just need to beat out two other players to gain the distinction. The NBA unveiled its three finalists for MVP: Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James, and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis.

All three players were considered to be favorites for the award, but Harden is believed to be the frontrunner. Harden’s Rockets are currently in a battle with the Golden State Warriors for a spot in the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, James is trying to send Cleveland to its fourth straight Finals appearance.

The results for the MVP Award, as well as a host of other NBA distinctions, will take place on June 25 in Los Angeles. 

Harden’s performance during the regular season, which saw the Rockets win a league-best 65 games, will likely propel him to the award. He averaged 30.4 PPG and 8.8 APG for the league’s best offense.

Under head coach Mike D’Antoni, Harden has thrived in Houston. He was considered one of the top two favorites to win the award last season, but it ultimately went to former teammate Russell Westbrook. Westbrook averaged a triple-double during the 2016-17 season. 

Fans will also have a say in several less notable awards, as they have the opportunity to vote for best dunk, assist, block and clutch shot of the year.

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