LeBron James, Tom Brady, James Harden Headline List of 2018 ESPY Nominees

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 20, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives against the Indiana Pacers in the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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The nominees have been released for the 2018 ESPY Awards, and LeBron James and Tom Brady are up for some hardware.

Per ESPN.com, James is nominated for Best NBA Player, while Brady will be competing against Jose Altuve, James Harden and Alex Ovechkin for Best Male Athlete. 

Three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Chloe Kim, reigning WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles and United States soccer star Julie Ertz are the nominees for Best Female Athlete. 

James has won Best NBA Player six times, including each of the past two years. The Cleveland Cavaliers star is up against Harden, Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Among the other notable categories, Kevin Durant will attempt to repeat in the Best Championship Performance category after leading the Golden State Warriors to a second straight NBA title. 

Durant will go against World Series MVP George Springer of the Houston Astros and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo of Villanova. 

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, who are also competing for NBA Rookie of the Year, are nominated for Best Breakthrough Athlete. They face stiff competition from New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens. 

ESPN previously announced the Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be given to the current and former athletes who spoke out against former Michigan State and United States gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. 

Danica Patrick will host this year's ceremony on July 18 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

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