Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic named MVP
Jun 8, 2021, 3:42 PM
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Nikola Jokic has been named the MVP for the 2020-2021 season after a historic campaign for the Denver Nuggets.
He is the first Nuggets player in franchise history to receive the honor.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 8, 2021
Per the NBA, Jokic played in every one of the 72 games, the Serbian big man averaged career-highs of 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists.
Despite recording the third-most minutes played during the season, he was not far off from joining the elite 50-40-90 club with shooting splits of 56.6 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 86.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Leading the Denver Nuggets to a 47-25 record behind that production helped Jokic emerge as the favourite from other MVP finalists in Joel Embiid and Stephen Curry.
As the 41st overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, he will also become the lowest-ever draft pick in NBA history to ever receive the league MVP.