Harden, Antetokounmpo & George shortlisted for NBA MVP award

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The victor will be revealed on June 24.

After a long season of debating who the top dog in the National Basketball Association was for the 2018-19 season, the league has done us the courtesy of narrowing the candidacy pool down to just three players.

Regarding the MVP, George is joined by fellow All-Star's James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George were named finalists for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award, the league announced Friday.

The final candidate for this year's MVP might just be the favorite to take home the hardware. George, Antetokounmpo and Utah's Rudy Gobert are the three Defensive Player of the Year finalists.

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The Frenchman was equally effective defensively in 2018-19, leading the Jazz to the league's second-best overall defense (behind Antetokounmpo's Bucks) while playing in 81 contests, sitting out only the meaningless last game of the season against the Clippers.

Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Deandre Ayton were the finalists for the Rookie of the Year award. Doc Rivers, Mike Malone and Mike Budenholzer are the three standing for the NBA's Coach of the Year trophy.

Harden, who is the league's reigning MVP, led the league in scoring with 36.1 points per game this season.

Giannis averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 57.8 percent shooting, all of which were career-best marks.

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