Harden is considered a near-lock to win his first MVP award, after finishing as runner-up in 2015 and 2017.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden has officially been named a finalist for the NBA Most Valuable Player award, along with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis.
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. 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 in all categories were determined by voting by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday.
The four-time NBA MVP also posted a career-high 52 double-doubles (5th-most in NBA and 2nd-most in franchise history) and a career-high 18 triple-doubles (2nd in NBA). But he led the league in blocks and was fifth in rebounding with 11-per game.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell are finalists for the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.
The winners will be announced when the National Basketball Association hosts its annual awards show at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on June 25.