Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Quin Snyder all up for National Basketball Association awards

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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 is considered a near-lock to win his first MVP award, after finishing as runner-up in 2015 and 2017.

Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis is a finalist for the MVP award and the Defensive Player of the Year award.

The 76ers' talented duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are finalists for National Basketball Association awards. 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.

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Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists this season.

Davis led the league with 2.57 blocks per game.

LeBron James believes he should win the NBA MVP award this season.

Harden, the league's leading scorer in the regular season with an average of 30.4 points per game, appears the favorite to succeed Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook as MVP when the awards are announced on June 25.

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After plenty of off-court chat, Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons will continue their battle for rookie of the year, while Jayson Tatum is also a finalist.

The victor of the NBA's MVP will be revealed at the 2018 NBA Awards on Monday, June 25.

Davis' competition for Defensive Player of the Year: Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.

Coach of the Year finalists include Boston's Brad Stevens, Quin Snyder of Utah and Dwane Casey, the Toronto coach who was sacked by the Raptors after they were swept 4-0 by the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.

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