Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Joel Embiid named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year

Joel Embiid named a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year

The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday. Embiid is a finalist for defensive player of the year along with Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans big man Anthony Davis. Harden leads the league in scoring with 30.4 per game while also handing out eight assists. 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. Harden is considered a near-lock to win his first MVP award, after finishing as runner-up in 2015 and 2017.

Davis pulled off what many thought was a miracle, dragging the Pelicans to the No. 6 seed in the playoffs despite a season-ending injury to running-mate DeMarcus Cousins.

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

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He averaged 27.5 points - the most for him since the 2009-10 season - along with 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists and played in all 82 games of the regular season. Embiid trailed Davis in both categories and trailed Gobert in blocks per game and defensive real plus minus, which Gobert was the leader in.

Simmons, Utah shooting guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston small forward Jayson Tatum are the rookie-of-the-year finalists.

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The awards will be voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, while fans will get to vote for several awards as well.

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