LeBron James Named Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Finalist

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LeBron James, James Harden and Anthony Davis are the three named for the player of the year, while Utah's Quin Snyder, Boston's Brad Stevens and now sacked Toronto mentor Dwayne Casey are up for coach of the year.

The 28-year-old majorly contributed to the Houston side's dominance this year with an average of 30.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game as he looks to win the award for the first time in his career.

In a season that was anything but normal for the Cavaliers, James elevated his game to an incredible level.

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The burden on James's shoulders is clearly too much. "Whenever we've needed him to step up offensively, he has done that". Peyton Manning, for example, had an astounding ability to remember details of plays and games from years in the past.

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.

Though it will surely be a close race, this is an award that Simons can, and honestly should win, and if he does pull it out, it will make him the first Philadelphia 76ers to bring home the award since Michael Carter-Williams accomplished the feat back in 2014.

Wednesday night before tip-off of game two of the Western Conference Finals, the National Basketball Association announced the three finalists for the league's highest individual honor.

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After plenty of off-court chat, Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons will continue their battle for rookie of the year, while Jayson Tatum is also a finalist.

The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday.

The NBA released the list of nominees for its year-end awards, which will be given out on Monday, June 25 in the second annual televised awards show on TNT.

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Even though Embiid probably won't win the award, as Gobert's defensive ranking is far and away the best mark in the entire league, it's nice to see the big man get some much-needed appreciation for his hard work.

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