The two have formed a competitive rivalry in recent months as there will be particular intrigue with who wins the award this year, with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum rounding out the three.
LeBron James, James Harden and Anthony Davis are on the shortlist for winning the MVP award as the National Basketball Association announced Wednesday the finalists for a number of awards to be handed out following the end of the postseason.
Harden is widely considered to be the frontrunner to win the award for the first time in his career after coming in second twice, to Stephen Curry in 2015 and to Russell Westbrook in 2017. And he raised his level of play after fellow all-star DeMarcus Cousins went down to an Achilles injury. The Brow was an absolute monster on both ends of the court, evidenced by the fact that he also finished in the top three of the Defensive Player of the Year voting.
The award will be handed out after the NBA Finals, during the NBA Awards Show on June 25.
James had arguably the most complete offensive season of his 15-year career, averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3 during a tumultuous season for the Cavs.
At 33, James would be the oldest player to win the award since 35-year-old Karl Malone did so in 1998-99.
Davis is also in the running for the leagues Defensive Player of the year award, along with Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Utah's Rudy Gobert. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is the other finalist.