Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic wins NBA MVP
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has won the NBA regular-season MVP, an individual with knowledge of the voting confirmed to USA TODAY Sports, marking the primary time in 21 years that a definitive center won the award.
“I’m not objective certainly, but he’s having an historical year,” Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly told USA TODAY Sports in late April. “I’ve never seen a harder player to protect. He’s the simplest passer within the NBA. He has a capability to exit and consistently make 3s. He’s got 15 moves within the post. You never know what he’s getting to pull out.
” The Nuggets touted Jokic’s credentials all season long for varied reasons. they need considered Jokic to be the NBA’s best passing big man. They appreciated his on-court leadership both during a compressed season and following Jamal Murray’s season-ending injury last month. And Jokic has remained remarkably durable, playing in every single game despite a shortened offseason after leading the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals.
In his sixth NBA season, Jokić set career-highs in points (26.4), field-goal percentage (56.6%) and assists (8.3) and matched his career-high in rebounds (10.8). “He stayed in great shape and he came back able to go,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said earlier this season. “He didn’t ease himself into the season. He came back playing at a high level, and he’s done that for each game we’ve played this year. That’s why i feel he’s a number one candidate for MVP.
” After selecting Jokic out of the Serbian League at No. 41 within the 2014 NBA draft, he has since become a three-time NBA All-Star before earning his latest accolade. “At no point did we expect this guy was getting to become a top five player within the world,” Connelly said.
Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic wins NBA MVP “Congratulations from the E1TOY crew“