James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo was named a finalist for the Most Improved Player Award, along with Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets.

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.

But, Davis' competition for the MVP award is stiff.

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

In a season that was anything but normal for the Cavaliers, James elevated his game to an fantastic level.

With 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game, James' numbers are especially impressive when one considers the circumstances the 2016 National Basketball Association champions have gone through this year with the trade of Kyrie Irving, injuries, a general manager change and the absence of head coach Tyronn Lue due to illness.

Despite the fact he is now 33-years-old, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is showing no signs of slowing down. James has won the MVP award four times.

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

James had arguably the most complete offensive season of his 15-year career, averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3 during a tumultuous season for the Cavs.

The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday.

The league will announce the winners on June 25th.

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.