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NBA AWARDS 2017: Lebron James Didn’t Make Finalist MVP. Checkout Who Did Instead

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

Russell Westbrook

James Harden

Kawhi Leonard

NBA Coach of the Year

Mike D’Pacers

Erik Spoelstra

Gregg Popovich

NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Eric Gordon

Andre Iguodala

Lou Williams

NBA Rookie of the Year

Malcolm Brogdon

Joel Embiid

Dario Saric

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Draymond Green

Rudy Gobert

Kawhi Leonard

NBA Most Improved Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Rudy Gobert

Nikola Jokic

Best Style

Russell Westbrook

Dwyane Wade

Iman Shumpert

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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