Nikola Jokic is the NBA MVP, the Most Valuable Player of the regular season | Video


Foreign dominance in the NBA continues…

Nikola JockicSerbian center of the Denver Nuggetswas appointed NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second consecutive season, the American league announced Thursday.

Jokic He received 65 first place votes and 875 points from a global panel of 100 sports journalists. Joel Embid, center for the Philadelphia 76ers, finished second with 26 first-place votes and 706 unitswhile Giannis Antetokounmpothe Milwaukee Bucks forward for the Bucks, was third in the voting with 9 votes and 595 points. Devin Bookershooting guard for the Phoenix Suns, and Luka Doncićpoint guard for the Dallas Mavericks, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

In his seventh season in the NBA, “The Joker” averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.47 steals and 0.85 blocks per game, setting career highs in every category except assists. The Serbian, who played 74 games, ranked sixth in the NBA in points and eighth in assists. Led the league in total rebounds (1,019) and total defensive rebounds (813) and his field goal percentage (58.3%) was the highest of his career and the eighth-highest in 82 regular-season games.

Besides, Jokic, The 27-year-old became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2 thousand points, thousand rebounds and 500 assists in the same season and the first player to average at least 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in a campaign. Led the NBA in triple-doubles with 19 and in double-doubles with 66.

He was selected for the fourth consecutive time for the all-starnamed twice Western Conference Player of the Month of the NBA and Player of the Week.

By winning this award for the second consecutive year, Jokic becomes the 13th player to win the award in consecutive seasons, joining the legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Stephen Curry, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Steve Nash, and Bill Russell.

(With information from Europe Press).

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