Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Anthony Davis named finalist for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year

Ben Simmons Named Finalist For NBA Rookie Of The Year Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons named finalists for NBA awards
Sidney Guerrero | 17 May, 2018, 09:40

As expected, James Harden is one of the three nominees for Most Valuable Player, along with Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orleans' Anthony Davis. But, so too are Cleveland's Lebron James and Houston's James Harden. Harden is considered a near-lock to win his first MVP award, after finishing as runner-up in 2015 and 2017.

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

Harden led the National Basketball Association in scoring at 30.4 points per game, while guiding the Rockets to a franchise-best 65 wins. James' staggering list of regular season statistics included: averaging a team-high 27.5 points (3rd in NBA) on.542 shooting from the field (14th in NBA), a career-high tying 8.6 rebounds (15th in NBA), a career-high 9.1 assists (2nd in NBA), 1.41 steals and 0.87 blocks in 36.9 minutes.

Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists this season.

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Lastly, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis led his side to sixth in the Western Conference and finished the regular season with 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game despite the absence of DeMarcus Cousins due to injury for the second half of the campaign.

Davis is also in the running for the leagues Defensive Player of the year award, along with Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Utah's Rudy Gobert.

The winners will be announced after the season during the NBA's Season Awards Show on June 25.

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

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