Nikola Jokic Claims 2nd Senior NBA MVP Title | sport News

PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports activities Author

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic performs for Denver. And for Serbia.

Each locations can as soon as once more make the identical declare: They’re internet hosting the NBA’s Most Priceless Participant for the second season in a row.

The league introduced Wednesday night time that Jokic has gained back-to-back MVP awards. The Nuggets’ tall man turned the second worldwide participant to win twice in a row after Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece was honored in 2019 and 2020.

This marks the primary time worldwide gamers have gained the award in 4 consecutive seasons. Canadian Steve Nash went back-to-back for Phoenix in 2005 and 2006, adopted by German Dirk Nowitzki for Dallas in 2007.

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Worldwide gamers completed 1-2-3. Jokic obtained 65 first-place votes and 875 factors from the writers and publishers panel. Joel Embiid of Philadelphia completed second with 26 first-place votes and 706 factors; Antetokounmpo completed third with 9 first-place votes and 595 factors. Devin Booker of Phoenix completed fourth.

“I do not know what else you possibly can say about Nikola at this level,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone mentioned in an announcement. “He is continually improved the sport, continually proving that individuals are unsuitable after they doubt him, and he is persistently the very best participant on the sphere day and night time.”

Jokic, 27, averaged 27.1 factors, 13.8 rebounds and seven.9 assists and gained 48 video games on a staff that was lacking two max gamers in Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (again). The do-it-all middle, nicknamed the “Joker,” additionally created a brand new class by changing into the primary NBA participant to hit 2,000 factors, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season.

He’s now a member of one other uncommon membership – the thirteenth participant to win consecutive NBA MVP awards. Antetokounmpo has joined the likes of Stephen Curry, LeBron James (twice), Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (twice). Larry Chicken, Wilt Chamberlain and Invoice Russell gained the award for 3 consecutive seasons.

Jokic was surprised as he mounted his horse in a two-wheeled carriage at his steady in Serbia. Malone was ready to hug him. Identical with Tim Connelly, head of basketball operations.

“It was a very emotional second for me,” Jokic informed TNT broadcast. “Great.”

Jokic was chosen forty first total by the Nuggets within the 2014 draft. His selection that day flashed on the backside of the tv display throughout a Taco Bell industrial.

He is come a great distance. He is eligible for a super-max extension that might assure him round $254 million over 5 seasons beginning 2023-24.

All of this may daybreak for him – down the highway.

“In all probability after I’m outdated and fats and grumpy, I hope I will bear in mind it and inform my children, ‘I used to be actually good at enjoying basketball in these days,'” Jokic mentioned.

James additionally widened his report – 19 years within the league, with at the very least one vote (fifth place vote) within the MVP voting. Nobody has gotten extra votes in additional seasons, or frankly, extra consecutive seasons than James.

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