Joel Embiid named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year


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.

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

The standout award is, of course, the MVP honor and the trio of James, Harden and Davis has separated themselves from the rest of the pack with their performances in the regular season. He led the National Basketball Association in scoring, averaging 30.4 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals.

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).

In a season that was anything but normal for the Cavaliers, James elevated his game to an unbelievable level. Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11 rebounds and 1.76 blocks, while Gobert averaged 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

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

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The winners of these awards will be revealed at the 2018 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.

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

Rockets center Clint Capela was named a finalist for Most Improved Player alongside Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

And as for Simmons, is there any question as to which award he's a finalist for?

Ben Simmons has been shortlisted for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, along with Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Boston sensation Jayson Tatum.