James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

The 76ers' talented duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are finalists for National Basketball Association awards. Before he declared last week his new goal of winning MVP, Embiid had his sights set on this award. The highest he's ever finished in Defensive Player of the Year voting was fourth in 2014-15.

Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).

Harden is widely considered to be the frontrunner to win the award for the first time in his career after coming in second twice, to Stephen Curry in 2015 and to Russell Westbrook in 2017.

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

The finalists for the award were New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Utah's Rudy Gtobert.

Sixth Man of the Year: Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors) and Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers). The Celtics' Brad Stevens, Jazz's Quin Snyder and now-former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey are the finalists in that category. Rockets center Clint Capela, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie and Pacers guard Victor Oladipo will vie for Most Improved Player.

Harden is the frontrunner for the award as he has been the Houston Rockets' best player as they finished not only as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference over the Golden State Warriors but as the best team in the regular season overall with an impressive 65-17 record.

To the victor goes the spoils, and while the Philadelphia 76ers unfortunately didn't close out the 2018 National Basketball Association season as National Basketball Association champions, they are receiving some much-deserved praise for their efforts nationally.

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