Houston star James Harden cooks up another incredible season, but Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orlean's Anthony Davis look poised to challenge his MVP bid.
Harden was the betting favorite to win the MVP in the final weeks of the season and has been a finalist for MVP in two out of the last three seasons.
James led the league in minutes played per game as he helped the inconsistent Cavaliers into 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Rockets' Eric Gordon - the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year - was again named a finalist for the award.
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Harden may end up winning the award, but this is as worthy of an MVP field as we've seen in recent memory.
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Davis pulled off what many thought was a miracle, dragging the Pelicans to the No. 6 seed in the playoffs despite a season-ending injury to running-mate DeMarcus Cousins.
The NBA regular season ended over a month ago, and we still have over a month until the league's postseason awards will be handed out at the 2018 NBA Awards show on June 25. 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 finalists were based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Rockets center Clint Capela was named a finalist for Most Improved Player alongside Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie.