Joel Embiid named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year

Ben Simmons Named Finalist For NBA Rookie Of The Year

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons named finalists for NBA awards

He's joined by Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orleans' Anthony Davis as finalists for the top individual plum, the league announced Wednesday, May 16.

Houston's James Harden, who was runner-up in the NBA Most Valuable Player voting the past 3 seasons, was instrumental in the Rockets' run to a league-leading 65 regular-season wins.

The awards will be voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, while fans will get to vote for several awards as well.

Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis is a finalist for the MVP award and the Defensive Player of the Year award.

The votes for the regular-season awards were submitted by the media in April.

The Rockets' Eric Gordon - the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year - was again named a finalist for the award.

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

Meanwhile, LeBron will be back on the floor with his Cavaliers teammates on Saturday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena against the Boston Celtics, who lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

On Wednesday evening the National Basketball Association revealed their finalists for their annual slate of individual regular season awards.

Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.

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.

Simmons, Utah shooting guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston small forward Jayson Tatum are the rookie-of-the-year finalists.

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