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Harden may end up winning the award, but this is as worthy of an MVP field as we've seen in recent memory.

That's right, after months of whispers, think pieces and lowkey campaigning, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been named finalists for a pair of most valuable player awards and could bring home some postseason hardware for the first time in nearly half a decade. Harden leads the league in scoring with 30.4 per game while also handing out eight assists.

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

And as for Simmons, is there any question as to which award he's a finalist for?

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 finalists were based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, Calif. during the NBA Awards show.

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

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 most valuable player, sixth man, most improved player and coach of the year awards will also be named that night.


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