Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including a year ago when Russell Westbrook won.
The Rockets' Eric Gordon - the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year - was again named a finalist for the award.
The winners of these awards will be revealed at the 2018 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.
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LeBron James believes he should win the NBA MVP award this season. He didn't miss a game in a season for the first time in his career and averaged almost 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists per game while also making 54 percent of his shots. Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high fives teammates before Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leader with 6. And he raised his level of play after fellow all-star DeMarcus Cousins went down to an Achilles injury.
The awards will be voted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, while fans will get to vote for several awards as well.
Coach of the Year finalists include Boston's Brad Stevens, Quin Snyder of Utah and Dwane Casey, the Toronto coach who was sacked by the Raptors after they were swept 4-0 by the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.