Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Quin Snyder all up for National Basketball Association awards

Lynette Rowe
May 17, 2018

But, so too are Cleveland's Lebron James and Houston's James Harden.

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.

James was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month four times during the year and has now won the award 38 times in his career.

Houston's James Harden, who was runner-up in the NBA Most Valuable Player voting the past 3 seasons, was instrumental in the Rockets' run to a league-leading 65 regular-season wins. But to keep our appetites satiated, the National Basketball Association announced the finalists for each award on Wednesday.

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Davis pulled off what many thought was a miracle, dragging the Pelicans to the No. 6 seed in the playoffs despite a season-ending injury to running-mate DeMarcus Cousins.

The 76ers lost the series 4-1 to Boston but the 21-year-old guard had already cemented himself as a contender for the award during the regular season with a per game average of 15.8 points, 8.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds.

The awards will be voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, while fans will get to vote for several awards as well. Embiid trailed Davis in both categories and trailed Gobert in blocks per game and defensive real plus minus, which Gobert was the leader in.

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

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