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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Portland, Ore. The Pelicans won 111-102. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) ORG XMIT: ORCM115

Craig Mitchelldyer

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston's James Harden, Cleveland's LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA's MVP award.

Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including last year when Russell Westbrook won. James has won the MVP award four times.

The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday. The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, California during the NBA Awards show.

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

The other finalists:

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • Dwane Casey, Toronto
  • Quin Snyder, Utah
  • Brad Stevens, Boston

SIXTH MAN

  • Eric Gordon, Houston
  • Fred VanVleet, Toronto
  • Lou Williams, Clippers

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

  • Clint Capela, Houston
  • Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn
  • Victor Oladipo, Indiana