Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Anthony Davis named finalist for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Davis named finalist for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year

LeBron James, James Harden and Anthony Davis are on the shortlist for winning the MVP award as the National Basketball Association announced Wednesday the finalists for a number of awards to be handed out following the end of the postseason.

But will the Rockets star finally take home the top league honor?

Most consider Houston Rockets guard James Harden to be the prohibitive favorite to win this season's MVP Award, but he'll have some stiff competition. Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high fives teammates before Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

But to keep our appetites satiated, the National Basketball Association announced the finalists for each award on Wednesday.

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The victor of the NBA's MVP will be revealed at the 2018 NBA Awards on Monday, June 25. He didn't miss a game in a season for the first time in his career and averaged almost 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists per game while also making 54 percent of his shots. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leader with 6. He carried New Orleans after All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a season-ending Achilles injury and led the team to the second round of the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

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

The other two finalists for MVP were Houston's James Harden and Cleveland's LeBron James, while the other finalists for Defensive Player of the Year were Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Utah's Rudy Gobert.

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

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