Joel Embiid named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year

Ross Houston
May 17, 2018

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.

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.

The other two finalists for MVP were Houston's James Harden and Cleveland's LeBron James, while the other finalists for Defensive Player of the Year were Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Utah's Rudy Gobert.


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.

The victor will be announced at the National Basketball Association awards show in Santa Monica, Calif., 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 28-year-old star was also third in the league in assists (8.8) and seventh in steals (1.75). But to keep our appetites satiated, the National Basketball Association announced the finalists for each award on Wednesday.

James has won the MVP award four times.


Davis led the league with 2.57 blocks per game.

All season we've heard about the NBA Rookie of the Year being a two-man race between Simmons and Utah Jazz sparkplug Donovan Mitchell, and while Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum has also been named a finalist for the award, a two-man race it effectively remains.

Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) and Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics).


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