Thursday, 16 August, 2018

James Harden named finalist for 2018 NBA MVP

Ben Simmons Named Finalist For NBA Rookie Of The Year Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons named finalists for NBA awards
Rita Gibson | 17 May, 2018, 10:04

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

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.

The 28-year-old majorly contributed to the Houston side's dominance this year with an average of 30.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game as he looks to win the award for the first time in his career.

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.

Harden was the betting favorite to win the MVP in the final weeks of the season and has been a finalist for MVP in two out of the last three seasons.

Who do you think should win the NBA Defensive MVP and Rookie of the Year awards?

WWE 'Smackdown' Up for Grabs as NBCUniversal Moves to Pin Down 'Raw'
At the time, US aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA. WWE's current NBCU deal generated $180 million for the 2017 year, but that also included rights to Smackdown Live .

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.

Anthony Davis is also up for defensive player of the year alongside Jazz bigman Rudy Gobert and 76ers centre Joel Embiid.

Utah's Donovan Mitchell, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons of Australia and Jayson Tatum of Boston are the finalists for Rookie of the Year.

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.

Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) and Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics).

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