James Harden one of three nominees for NBA's Most Valuable Player award

Ben Simmons Named Finalist For NBA Rookie Of The Year

James is joined by Houston's James Harden and New Orleans' Anthony Davis as the other two finalists.

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

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

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

With 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game, James' numbers are especially impressive when one considers the circumstances the 2016 National Basketball Association champions have gone through this year with the trade of Kyrie Irving, injuries, a general manager change and the absence of head coach Tyronn Lue due to illness. He had 12 triple-doubles in the regular season. But he led the league in blocks and was fifth in rebounding with 11-per game.

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

The winners will be announced after the season during the NBA's Season Awards Show on June 25.

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

Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics).

Davis is also in the running for the leagues Defensive Player of the year award, along with Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Utah's Rudy Gobert.

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