2018 NBA Awards Finalists Revealed Including MVP, ROY, 6th Man and More

2018 NBA Awards Finalists Revealed Including MVP, ROY, 6th Man and More

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The NBA officially tabbed Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis as the finalists for the 2017-18 Most Valuable Player Award on Wednesday evening.

The league also announced finalists for five other regular-season awards: Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Coach of the Year and Most Improved Player.

The winners, who are voted on by a panel of select media members, will be revealed Monday, June 25, at the 2018 NBA Awards.

Here’s a rundown of the players and coaches eligible to walk away with hardware when the festivities get underway from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

              

2017-18 NBA Award Finalists

Most Valuable Player

Anthony Davis (NOP)

James Harden (HOU)

LeBron James (CLE)

      

Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Davis (NOP)

Joel Embiid (PHI)

Rudy Gobert (UTA)

     

Rookie of the Year

Donovan Mitchell (UTA)

Ben Simmons (PHI)

Jayson Tatum (BOS)

    

Sixth Man of the Year

Eric Gordon (HOU)

Fred VanVleet (TOR) 

Lou Williams (LAC)

     

Most Improved Player

Clint Capela (HOU)

Spencer Dinwiddie (BKN)

Victor Oladipo (IND)

    

Coach of the Year

Dwane Casey (TOR)

Quin Snyder (UTA) 

Brad Stevens (BOS)

     

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