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NBA announces finalists for MVP and other major awards

LeBron James, James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the three finalists for NBA MVP.

With the NBA postseason right around the corner, it also means we’ve got some major awards to hand out in the near future as well. Of course, as is the case each and every season, all eyes will be on who ends up being named this year’s MVP.

On Saturday, the three finalists for the big-time honor were officially announced. To no surprise, those finalists are LeBron James, James Harden and Giannis Antetekounmpo. So, who will end up coming out on top to take home the hardware?

LeBron James is looking to win his fifth NBA MVP award

Surprisingly, King James hasn’t been named MVP since the 2013 season. He’s captured the honor four times in his career. The Greek Freak was MVP last season, while Harden was the MVP in 2018.

James figures to be the favorite right now, as he and the Lakers (No. 1 in the Western Conference) have been superb throughout the campaign and the veteran future Hall of Famer hasn’t slowed down at all despite now being 35 years old.

Harden is in the middle of another incredible year too, which included a 39-point performance in a recent 113-97 win over James and the Lakers. Giannis has the Bucks in first place of the Eastern Conference standings and has fans believing they can push for an NBA Finals win. It figures to be a pretty even race for the rest of the year when it comes to the MVP.

Elsewhere, the finalists were also announced for the Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Ja Morant, Zion Williamson and Kendrick Nunn are in the running for ROY, while Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis are in the hunt for DPOY.

There are some incredibly talented players who have been named as finalists. Fans can’t wait to see who ends up lifting the trophies in the near future.

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