Sixers' Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid are finalists for National Basketball Association awards

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At 33, James would be the oldest player to win the award since 35-year-old Karl Malone did so in 1998-99.

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, so too are Cleveland's Lebron James and Houston's James Harden.

Harden led the National Basketball Association in scoring at 30.4 points per game, while guiding the Rockets to a franchise-best 65 wins.

The NBA's MVP race is down to just three players and the Pelicans Anthony Davis is in that number.


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.

James led the league in minutes played per game as he helped the inconsistent Cavaliers into 4th place in the Eastern Conference. Harden is considered a near-lock to win his first MVP award, after finishing as runner-up in 2015 and 2017. And he raised his level of play after fellow all-star DeMarcus Cousins went down to an Achilles injury.

The finalists in all categories were determined by voting by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The league will announce the winners on June 25th.

Simmons and Mitchell's respective teammates Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert are also nominated for Defensive Player of the Year along with Davis.

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