The other two finalists are Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, both of whom had incredible seasons.
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.
The votes for the regular-season awards were submitted by the media in April. James' staggering list of regular season statistics included: averaging a team-high 27.5 points (3rd in NBA) on.542 shooting from the field (14th in NBA), a career-high tying 8.6 rebounds (15th in NBA), a career-high 9.1 assists (2nd in NBA), 1.41 steals and 0.87 blocks in 36.9 minutes.
In a season that was anything but normal for the Cavaliers, James elevated his game to an wonderful level.
LeBron James believes he should win the NBA MVP award this season.
The NBA regular season ended over a month ago, and we still have over a month until the league's postseason awards will be handed out at the 2018 NBA Awards show on June 25.
As a finalist for the 2018 NBA Defensive MVP, Embiid, who averaged 11 rebounds and a 3.6 Real Plus-Minus rating will be facing off against fellow defensive anchors Rudy Gobert (5.15) and Anthony Davis (3.8) for the title best defender in the league. The second annual NBA Awards will take place at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.
Utah's Donovan Mitchell, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons of Australia and Jayson Tatum of Boston are the finalists for Rookie of the Year.
Rockets center Clint Capela was named a finalist for Most Improved Player alongside Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie.