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Joel Embiid named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year

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Frederick Owens | 17 May, 2018, 12:20

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.

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 star James Harden cooks up another incredible season, but Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orlean's Anthony Davis look poised to challenge his MVP bid.

At 33, James would be the oldest player to win the award since 35-year-old Karl Malone did so in 1998-99.

Who do you think should win the NBA Defensive MVP and Rookie of the Year awards?

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Simon Yates strengthens Giro d'Italia hand with stage 11 victory
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Davis and the Pelicans overcame a season-ending injury to sidekick DeMarcus Cousins to earn the 6th seed in the Western Conference.

The most valuable player, sixth man, most improved player and coach of the year awards will also be named that night. He didn't miss a game in a season for the first time in his career and averaged almost 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists per game while also making 54 percent of his shots.

The finalists were based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is one of three finalists for the Rookie of the Year award, along with Rudy Gobert for Defensive Player of the Year and Quin Snyder for Coach of the Year.

To the victor goes the spoils, and while the Philadelphia 76ers unfortunately didn't close out the 2018 National Basketball Association season as National Basketball Association champions, they are receiving some much-deserved praise for their efforts nationally. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is the other finalist.

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