Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic wins second NBA MVP award

Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets center with a guard’s passing touch and shot shot, won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award for a second consecutive season.

Jokic, 27, received 65 out of 100 votes in first place. Last season, he was the first choice of 91 out of 101 voters among media members and one fan vote.

The 6-foot-11 Jokic stands out among the big men for the way he can score from the inside and beat the backboards, but also hit from the outside and find open teammates. He averaged 27.1 points per game during the regular season, the the second more among the centers, behind Joel Embiid of Philadelphia, who was the league’s overall top scorer and finished second with 26 votes in first place. I’m kidding what the best of the centers in assistswith 7.9 per game.

His ability to palm the ball and execute passes, bounces and floaters with one hand was compared to a water polo player, a game that Jokic loved as a child in Serbia, where the sport is extraordinarily popular. The combination of his skills made him the Nuggets’ focal point sixth ranking offense.

Jokic’s stats during the regular season were consistent with last season’s MVP figures and he increased his defensive rebound to 11 per game from 8. He ranked in the top 10 in points, assists and rebounds.

It became the first player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in one season. Only Wilt Chamberlain, Kevin Garnett and Oscar Robertson they arrived within 10 percent of these three figures in the statistics for a single season.

Jokic was a 19-year-old playing for Mega Basket of Serbia in the Adriatic League when the Nuggets enlisted him in the second round in 2014. Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris, Denver’s first rounds that year through an exchange with Chicago, drew the attention , while Jokic was considered a speculative choice.

He made it to the NBA in the 2015-16 season and finished third in the rookie of the year vote, averaging 10 points per game. In his fourth season, in 2018-19, he averaged 20.1 points per game and was named All-Star. That season, he took the Nuggets to their first place in the playoffs in six years and their first win in a playoff streak in 10. Denver made it to the conference finals in 2019-20.

The loss of guard Jamal Murray for the 2021-22 season to a knee injury was a major blow to the Nuggets and, as sixth-seeded in the Western Conference playoffs, they lost in the first round to a hot team from the Golden State which was peaking. the right time, four games to one.

The future of the Nuggets will always be bright with Jokic on the roster. HEY said last month who expected to sign a supermax contract extension with the team. “If there is an offer on the table, of course, I will accept it,” said Jokic.