James Harden one of three nominees for NBA's Most Valuable Player award

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

As a finalist for the 2018 NBA Defensive MVP, Embiid, who averaged 11 rebounds and a 3.6 Real Plus-Minus rating will be facing off against fellow defensive anchors Rudy Gobert (5.15) and Anthony Davis (3.8) for the title best defender in the league.

Most Valuable Player: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and James Harden (Houston Rockets).

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

The votes for the regular-season awards were submitted by the media in April. On Wednesday, the National Basketball Association revealed both are finalists for their sought-after awards. 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. Mitchell averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals.

"It would mean a lot, but at the same time I don't really judge my success on one accolade", Simmons said recently.

Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including previous year when Russell Westbrook won.

Harden, the league's leading scorer in the regular season with an average of 30.4 points per game, appears the favorite to succeed Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook as MVP when the awards are announced on June 25.

All season we've heard about the NBA Rookie of the Year being a two-man race between Simmons and Utah Jazz sparkplug Donovan Mitchell, and while Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum has also been named a finalist for the award, a two-man race it effectively remains.

Rockets center Clint Capela was named a finalist for Most Improved Player alongside Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

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