PHOENIX — When the regular season is over, Nicola Yokic doesn’t know what to do.
With the home field advantage in the first round The Nuggets are therefore confused between keeping his energy up for the season or playing every game. If for no other reason than he is healthy, Jokic picked the latter, maintaining a perfect 72-game attendance record and bowing in regular season history.
On Tuesday, Jokic made more NBA history.
The eccentric superstar has been named the league’s MVP, league sources confirmed to The Denver Post, becoming the lowest draft pick ever won. and was the first Nuggets player to do so. Former record holders Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steve Nash both picked 15th overall. The Nuggets picked Jokic with the number 41 of the 2014 draft.
Call him the most unlikely MVP in league history. not difficult Six seasons ago, the Serb Sombers were little-known Serbs. He was now forever engraved alongside the best players in the history of the game.
With visions like Magic Johnson, offensive tactics like Larry Bird and confidence like Tim Duncan, Jokic’s game has transformed into the blanket of his predecessor.
Among the most taxing seasons in NBA history, Jokic has reached a whole new level. His points have taken a huge leap, jumping from 19.9 points per game last season to these 26.4 points at 8.3 assists per game. Jokic finished just Wilt Chamberlain’s all-season point average (8.6) with a dime from zero of 10.8 rebounds per game, keeping his career high. In addition to the highest scores and assists in the career Jokic efficiency (56% on the field; 38.8% of 3) is astounding.
Jokic led the NBA in double-double (60), second in triple-double (16), and finished third in the regular season with a total of minutes (2,488). Philadelphia center Joel Embiid. The MVP finalist played only 1,585 in a season with injury issues.
As the MVP competition drew attention towards the end of the season, Jokic explored doubt with aplomb. He didn’t even suggest that he deserved this award. Although by virtue of his play and the success of the Nuggets team. He became a top candidate for several months. He declined many interview requests. Reject national podcast shows. and in general Let his play speak for itself. even when other applicants campaign in the media to get votes
Among all things Jokic has done great this season. Celebrating yourself is not one of them.
When guard Jamal Murray tore his ACL on April 12, many outside believed the Nuggets would collapse. But they closed the season 13-5 after Jokic’s production and rose in the ranks. during the last month of the season When the support plans to minimize the impact of Jokic He averaged 26.9 points on nearly 57% of shooting, 10.6 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.
No wonder Jokic kept his team afloat. Thanks to the availability of Jokic, the Nuggets survived the absence of Michael Porter Jr. in January (missed 11 games) and earned defenders Monte Morris (25), Will Barton (16) and Gary Harris. The injury lasted longer before he was traded. Paul Millsap, JaMychal Green and PJ Dozier also missed key moments. By limiting the depth of Denver’s frontcourt, but every night Jokic is dressed appropriately. The nuggets have a chance to win no matter who is around him.
Of the four meeting finalists remaining in last season’s “Bubble” It should be noted that the 47-25 year old Nuggets had their best season ever. And although the MVP ballot is due the day after the regular season ends, Of the Lakers, Celtics and Heat, only the Nuggets advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Since the regular season ends Employees at the Nuggets organization also referred to the team’s public relations staff as to when the MVP will be announced. A spokesperson said the excitement was more from the coaches and players than from Jokic itself.
But now that it’s official, Jokic doesn’t have to shirk the question. He’s the NBA’s MVP and nobody can take it away from him.
Selected No. 41 in the 2014 NBA Draft, Nikola Jokic is currently the lowest-picked player to be named an MVP. Let’s take a look at where each of the past NBA MVPs has been selected.
|1||17||LeBron James (4), Magic Johnson (3), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2), Tim Duncan (2), Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Bill Walton, Allen Iverson, Derrick Rose|
|2-5||10||Michael Jordan (5), Charles Barkley, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden.|
|6-10||6||Larry Bird (3), Stephen Curry (2), Dirk Nowitsky|
|10-14||4||Karl Malone (2), Kobe Bryant, Julius Irving|
|15||4||Steve Nash (2), Giannis Antetokumpo (2)|
|ABA||3||Moses Malone (3)|