Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets earned his second consecutive NBA MVP award, defeating Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Serbian, who is 27 years old, is the 13th player in NBA history to earn back-to-back MVP titles. Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell are among the players he will join. The only other players to win twice are Karl Malone and Bob Pettit. Every player who has won multiple MVP awards is in the Hall of Fame.
Nikola Jokic scored 27.1 points (58/34/81 percentage splits), 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists in 33.5 minutes in 74 games this season. He is the first player to score 2,000 pts, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 points in the same season in NBA history. Nikola Jokic topped the NBA in practically every all-encompassing advanced metric available, including win shares (15.2), value above replacement player (9.8), and real plus-minus (13.7), with a 32.8 player efficiency rating and 13.7 box plus-minus (11.78). There was no statistical evidence that Jokic was guilty.
Nikola Jokic finished sixth. Despite losing Jamal Murray for the season and Michael Porter Jr. for nine games, the Nuggets concluded with a 48-34 record, three games behind Antetokounmpo’s third-place Bucks and Embiid’s fourth-place Sixers.
Nikola Jokic wins
Denver lost their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in five games. Regardless of Nikola Jokic’s performance, skeptics will point to these playoffs as proof that he is unworthy of the regular-season prize. Murray was healthy when the Nuggets reached the Western Conference finals in 2020 and looked like a title hopeful until tearing his ACL in April 2021. It’s still amazing that Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to 48 wins in the West without Porter. See more
Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets was among the players. And commentators who questioned Nikola Jokic’s second MVP award ahead of time. In April, Durant remarked, “If I had a vote, I would select Joel”. “In Joel’s situation, more people prefer Giannis and Jokic,” he said, adding, “It’s not fair.”
Embiid said the same thing after the regular season, telling reporters that if he isn’t chosen MVP. He’ll quit “I’ll get the impression that they despise me. I believe that the standard for men in Philadelphia, or me, is different from that of everyone else.”
Sixers veteran Julius Erving said:
“I’m optimistic that Embiid gets it because he does speak about it. And it’s one of those carrots out there that he’s reaching for,”
“The Rich Eisen Show” in early April, “but I believe the most deserved man is Nikola Jokic.”
The media panel has officially confirmed Nikola Jokic’s berth in the Hall of Fame.
Given highly famous Embiid is one of the media people who vote for the award, this is an odd argument. He’s a formidable opponent on the court and a fun interviewee off it. Embiid’s jersey was also the sixth most popular in the league, ahead of Antetokounmpo (seventh) and Nikola Jokic (eighth) (15th).