NBA MVP award down to three finalists

The NBA’s MVP award winner will be announced on June 25.  The award, decided by a vote of 100 media members, will be presented in a televised show filmed in Las Angeles when the Rookie of the Year will also be announced.  Currently has three finalists, and none should come as a surprise. 

LeBron James hopes to score his fifth MVP award this year.  The Cavaliers small forward has a field goal percentage of .542 and a three-point average of .367.  He averages 8.1 free throws a game, of which he has made 6, for a season average of .731.  James has an average of 27.5 points per game (PPG). 

Houston Rockets point guard James Harden is looking for his first MVP award this year.  He has averaged .443 in field goals with a three-point percentage of .364.  His free throw percentage this past season sits at .854 and he has averaged 30.4 PPG. 

Rounding out the list is power forward Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.  He has the second-highest field goal average among the finalists at .534 but the lowest three-point percentage at .340.  His free throw percentage tops the charts at .828 (landing 6.6 out of 8) and he averages 28.1 PPG. 

Davis is also up for the Defensive Player of the Year award, along with 76ers Joel Embiid and Rude Gobert of the Utah Jazz.  The finalists for the Coach of the Year award are Toronto Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey, Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens and Quin Snyder of the Jazz.  Spencer Dinwiddie, Victor Oladipo and Clint Capela have been targeted for the Most Improved Player award.  

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