Philadelphia 76ers: Embiid, Simmons named finalists for MVP awards

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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. 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.

Most consider Houston Rockets guard James Harden to be the prohibitive favorite to win this season's MVP Award, but he'll have some stiff competition. But to keep our appetites satiated, the National Basketball Association announced the finalists for each award on Wednesday.

Davis and the Pelicans overcame a season-ending injury to sidekick DeMarcus Cousins to earn the 6th seed in the Western Conference. Embiid trailed Davis in both categories and trailed Gobert in blocks per game and defensive real plus minus, which Gobert was the leader in.

All season we've heard about the NBA Rookie of the Year being a two-man race between Simmons and Utah Jazz sparkplug Donovan Mitchell, and while Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum has also been named a finalist for the award, a two-man race it effectively remains.

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.

The 28-year-old majorly contributed to the Houston side's dominance this year with an average of 30.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game as he looks to win the award for the first time in his career.

Coach of the Year finalists include Boston's Brad Stevens, Quin Snyder of Utah and Dwane Casey, the Toronto coach who was sacked by the Raptors after they were swept 4-0 by the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.

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