Nominated for the title of MVP alongside Joel Embiid and Giannis Antekounmpo, Denver pivot Nikola Jokic will be elected for the second consecutive year, ESPN announced on Monday.
The double for Nikola Jokic! Already elected MVP of the NBA regular season last year, the pivot of the Denver Nuggets will also be this year. Adrian Wojnarovski, the always well-informed journalist ofESPNindeed revealed on Monday that Jokic will be officially elected MVP by the NBA this week.
The 27-year-old’s season is already over, Denver having been eliminated in the first round by Golden State (4-1), which is not the case for the two other players in the running for the prestigious trophy, Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee). The name of the one who came second in the standings has not been revealed.
A record contract for Jokic this summer?
In the regular season, where he only missed eight games, Nikola Jokic averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 assists and 11 rebounds in 33.5 minutes, breaking his record for points and rebounds in a season, he who has been playing in the NBA since 2015 (drafted 41st by Denver). He also became the first player in history to score 2,000 points, take 1,000 rebounds and deliver 500 assists in a season. In the five games played against the Warriors in the play-offs, the Serb did even better, with 31 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists but he was too alone to carry his team to the second round, the Nuggets being notably deprived of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.
Nikola Jokic is the fourteenth player to win the MVP trophy at least twice, and the second to win it two years in a row, after Giannis Antetokoumpo in 2019 and 2020. This therefore means that no American has been crowned since James Harden in 2018! The first Denver player to be crowned MVP, the Serbian pivot will be out of contract in June 2023, but he has a good chance of extending this summer with the Nuggets, with the key to a record contract of 241 million dollars over five years. .
🃏 #NBA75 | Nikola Jokic is voted MVP 2022.
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