Per Shams Charania from The Athletic and Stadium, Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic is the 2020-21 NBA MVP Award winner.
Jokic, now in his sixth season after being selected with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, becomes the lowest draft pick in NBA history to win the MVP award.
Often compared to a modern day Larry Bird for his dynamic skills on the court (and a gig that screams “average Joe” rather than a basketball prodigy), Jokic had a 2020-21 career season averaging 26 , 4 points, 10.8 1 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game.
Despite being an aggressive high-volume scorer, Joker also managed to shoot 56.6 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from the 3-point range, and 86.8 percent from the free-throw line; good for a career high true shooting percentage of 64.7. If you look at other numbers like profit shares per 48 minutes (0.301), box plus-minus (8.7) and total RAPTOR (+9.3), Jokic’s contributions to the success of the 47-25 Denver Nuggets are astounding.
Games like a 50-point affair with 12 rebounds against the Sacramento Kings on February 6, an 18-assist triple-double against the Houston Rockets on December 28, or a seven-steal performance against the Brooklyn Nets on January 12 help underscore Jokic’s dominance this season, with Jokic driving the nuggets through injuries, COVID-related absences and a Western Conference with as much talent as ever.
Jokic, who currently averages 31.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals per game in the 2021 NBA playoffs, deserves the award just like any other player in recent seasons .
The Serbian warrior, blessed with a soft touch, skilled footwork, supernatural passing skills, an elite basketball IQ, and a host of unique moves to fire his shot would become a household name upon his nomination as NBA MVP in 2021.
Jokes will be officially announced as the winner of the 2021 NBA MVP Award during TNT’s pregame show, which begins June 8th at 7:30 am EST, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post.