Draymond Green and Warriors shut out of National Basketball Association awards

LeBron James named as one of three finalists for 2018 NBA MVP

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.

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. But to keep our appetites satiated, the National Basketball Association announced the finalists for each award on Wednesday.

The four-time NBA MVP also posted a career-high 52 double-doubles (5th-most in NBA and 2nd-most in franchise history) and a career-high 18 triple-doubles (2nd in NBA).

James led the league in minutes played per game as he helped the inconsistent Cavaliers into 4th place in the Eastern Conference. Mitchell averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals.

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

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. Embiid trailed Davis in both categories and trailed Gobert in blocks per game and defensive real plus minus, which Gobert was the leader in.

The Sixers' point guard also said he would like to win the award for teammates Embiid and Dario Saric, who lost to Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon last season (see story).

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.

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