CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After being squeezed out of the top three one year ago, LeBron James was named a finalist for 2017-18 NBA MVP, the league announced Wednesday night.
James joins Houston Rockets point guard James Harden and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis as the three finalists for the prestigious award that will be handed out on Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m. on TNT.
The finalists were determined based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
A four-time winner, James averaged 27.5 points -- the most for him since the 2009-10 season -- on 54.2 percent from the field to go with 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists.
He played in all 82 games of the regular season for this first time during his illustrious career and led the league in minutes per game, helping the Cavaliers navigate a turbulent regular season dotted with nonstop roster changes. Cleveland finished fourth in the Eastern Conference.
This marks the 13th straight season James has finished top 5 in the MVP race -- the longest such streak since the award was first given in 1955-56.