Sixers' Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid are finalists for National Basketball Association awards

Sixers' Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid are finalists for National Basketball Association awards

The NBA revealed the finalists for some of its major awards on Wednesday (May 16) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was nominated to win MVP and 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 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.

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As a finalist for the 2018 NBA Defensive MVP, Embiid, who averaged 11 rebounds and a 3.6 Real Plus-Minus rating will be facing off against fellow defensive anchors Rudy Gobert (5.15) and Anthony Davis (3.8) for the title best defender in the league.

He averaged 27.5 points - the most for him since the 2009-10 season - along with 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists and played in all 82 games of the regular season.

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

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The NBA Awards will be announced live on TNT on June 25, 2018. The second annual NBA Awards will take place at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

James has won the MVP award four times.

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.

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

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