Giannis, Harden, George finalists for NBA Most Valuable Player

NBA reveals awards finalists for 2018-19 season

Harden is the reigning MVP, but if he wins this year the honor will again come amid playoff disappointment after the Rockets were eliminated from the second round by the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Antetokounmpo and George are finalists for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, as well.

George and Antetokounmpo are looking to join Hall of Famers Michael Jordan (1987-88) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94) as the third player in National Basketball Association history to win both awards in the same season.

Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Deandre Ayton were the finalists for the Rookie of the Year award.

The candidates for Coach of the Year are the Milwaukee Bucks' Mike Budenholzer, the Denver Nuggets' Michael Malone and the Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers.

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The finalists for Most Improved Player are Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox, Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell and Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam.

Last season, James Harden won the MVP due to his impressive averages of 30.4 points and 8.8 assists per game.

The NBA will unveil the winners of the award at the 2019 NBA Awards on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. The Greek Freak ranked third in the Association in scoring (27.7 points), sixth in rebounds (12.5), 11th in field-goal percentage (57.8 percent), and 10th in rejections (1.53).

Joining Harden, who led the league in scoring with 36.1 points per game, in the top three are Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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