But, so too are Cleveland's Lebron James and Houston's James Harden.
He's joined by Cleveland's LeBron James and New Orleans' Anthony Davis as finalists for the top individual plum, the league announced Wednesday, May 16. 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.
The finalists were based on voting results from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including a year ago when Russell Westbrook won. He had 12 triple-doubles in the regular season.
James, who at 33 produced one of the best seasons of his outstanding career, is in the running for a 5th career MVP title.
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The award will be handed out after the NBA Finals, during the NBA Awards Show on June 25.
With 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game, James' numbers are especially impressive when one considers the circumstances the 2016 National Basketball Association champions have gone through this year with the trade of Kyrie Irving, injuries, a general manager change and the absence of head coach Tyronn Lue due to illness.
Davis led the league with 2.57 blocks per game.
Davis was the only player named as a finalist for two different awards. Mitchell averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals.
Simmons and Mitchell's respective teammates Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert are also nominated for Defensive Player of the Year along with Davis.