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.
Harden led the National Basketball Association in scoring at 30.4 points per game, while guiding the Rockets to a franchise-best 65 wins.
The finalists in all categories were determined by voting by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The two have formed a competitive rivalry in recent months as there will be particular intrigue with who wins the award this year, with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum rounding out the three. James' staggering list of regular season statistics included: averaging a team-high 27.5 points (3rd in NBA) on.542 shooting from the field (14th in NBA), a career-high tying 8.6 rebounds (15th in NBA), a career-high 9.1 assists (2nd in NBA), 1.41 steals and 0.87 blocks in 36.9 minutes.
The winners of these awards will be revealed at the 2018 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. CT on TNT.
Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high fives teammates before Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.
LeBron James believes he should win the NBA MVP award this season.
Davis averaged a career-best 28.1 points to go with 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks and is also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year along with Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.