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Fred VanVleet named finalist for Sixth Man of the Year by NBA

NEW YORK (AP) - Houston's James Harden, Cleveland's LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA's MVP award.

Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including last year when Russell Westbrook won. James has won the MVP award four times.

The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday. The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, California during the NBA Awards show.

Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Utah's Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.
    
The other finalists:
    
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
    
Donovan Mitchell, Utah
    
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia
    
Jayson Tatum, Boston
    
COACH OF THE YEAR
    
Dwane Casey, Toronto
    
Quin Snyder, Utah
    
Brad Stevens, Boston
    
SIXTH MAN
    
Eric Gordon, Houston
    
Fred VanVleet, Toronto
    
Lou Williams, Clippers
    
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
    
Clint Capela, Houston
    
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn
    
Victor Oladipo, Indiana


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