The nominees for NBA’s MVP have been announced, and a certain “best player on the planet” is noticeably absent.
The list, which was unveiled on Friday ahead of Game 2 of the Cavs-Celtics series, included Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, but snubbed James.
Westbrook is far and away considered the favorite for the award after averaging a triple-double for the season, powering the Thunder to a 47-win season and pulling down 42 triple-doubles during the season.
However, his team lost to Harden’s Rockets, who in turn lost to Leonard’s Spurs. Leonard, by the way, is listed as questionable for Game 3 against Golden State in the Western Conference finals.
James meanwhile is chugging along, scoring 38 points on 14-of-24 shooting in a Game 1 massacre against the Celtics in the East finals. He averaged 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 in the regular season.
Here is the full list of awards finalists:
Most Valuable Player
NBA Coach of the Year
NBA Sixth Man of the Year
NBA Rookie of the Year
NBA Defensive Player of the Year
NBA Most Improved Player
Block of the Year
Hassan Whiteside on Pascal Siakam
Kristaps Porzingis on Spencer Dinwiddie
Kawhi Leonard on James Harden
Game-Winner of the Year
Tyler Uulis vs. Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving vs. Golden State Warriors
Russell Westbrook vs. Denver Nuggets
Assist of the Year
Draymond Green to Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant
Nikola Jokic to Wilson Chandler
Chris Paul to Brandon Bass
Dunk of the Year
Larry Nance Jr. on Brook Lopez
Zach LaVine on Alex Len
Victor Oladipo on Dwight Howard
Performance of the Year
James Harden vs. Knicks
Devin Booker vs. Celtics
Russell Westbrook vs. Magic
Klay Thompson vs. Pacers
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