LeBron James is playing on a different level in the NBA playoffs but the Cleveland Cavaliers star did not make it on the shortlist for the MVP award.
No place for LeBron in NBA final three
The NBA announced three finalists for its first-ever awards show on Friday and four-time MVP James did not make the cut despite averaging 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists during the regular season.
Instead, the honour will go to either San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, Oklahoma City Thunder's triple-double king Russell Westbrook or Houston Rockets guard James Harden.
Westbrook favourite ahead of Harden and Leonard
Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double this past season, is listed as the favourite to win having eclipsed Oscar Robertson's single-season record with 42 triple-doubles.
The Thunder star also led the NBA in total points scored, while averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.