James Harden selected to All-NBA First Team

The leader of the "Cleveland" LeBron James for the 11th time in the first team of the National Basketball Association.

On Friday, those hopes became a reality as Westbrook was named a finalist for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. Maybe it is more surprising that James Harden got all 100 votes than it is that LeBron James and Russell Westbrook got 99.

Wall had the best season of his career this year, as he averaged 23.1 points (career-high), 10.7 assists (career-high), 4.2 rebounds and two steals (career-high).

The NBA's remaining 2016-17 award winners will be revealed during the inaugural NBA Awards on TNT, which will be hosted by platinum-selling recording artist and multifaceted entertainer Drake on Monday, June 26 (9 p.m. ET) at Basketball City in NY.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who won the past two MVP awards, was also not among the finalists.

Draymond Green, John Wall, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan and DeAndre Jordan make up the All-NBA Third Team.

Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast.

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According to the site, this is the first time in almost a decade that the All-Star athlete ended fourth in the NBA MVP voting. He recorded a career-high 22 triple-doubles, tied for the NBA's sixth-highest total in a single season. Boston must find a way to slow down James - who had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists - while not getting eaten up by a supporting cast, which other than Kevin Love's big game, didn't produce at its usual high rate. He was named third-team All-NBA by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who vote for the positions.

Missing out on the MVP award won't be any sweat off James' back, especially since he's already claimed the honor four times in his career.

"Those guys had MVP seasons, and you've got to give the award to some different people every now and then", Lue said. Harden also put up record-setting offensive numbers, while Leonard carried the Spurs on both ends of the floor as they won 61 games and a division title in their first season after Tim Duncan retired.

James, a four-time MVP, said he did not see the list before the game.

To sign a "Designated Player Veteran Extension" in July, a five-year deal that can be worth around $30 million more than a standard maximum contract, an All-NBA team selection is required.

The finalists for the award were announced Friday night prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston.

Every ticket for every game has been sold so far; it was the fourth straight year all first-round games were sold out and the third straight year where all conference semifinal tickets were purchased.

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