LeBron, Harden, and Davis finalists for MVP

Ben Simmons Named Finalist For NBA Rookie Of The Year

The NBA revealed the finalists for some of its major awards on Wednesday (May 16) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was nominated to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.

Houston's James Harden, Cleveland's LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award.

Harden led the National Basketball Association in scoring at 30.4 points per game, while guiding the Rockets to a franchise-best 65 wins.

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

The votes for the regular-season awards were submitted by the media in April.

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The 28-year-old star was also third in the league in assists (8.8) and seventh in steals (1.75). He had 12 triple-doubles in the regular season.

Davis led the league with 2.57 blocks per game. "The body of work, how I'm doing it, what's been happening with our team all year long, how we've got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me".

Davis was the only player named as a finalist for two different awards.

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

The NBA released the list of nominees for its year-end awards, which will be given out on Monday, June 25 in the second annual televised awards show on TNT.

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