Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has won his second straight Most Valuable Player Award, topping the Sixers‘ Joel Embiid and the Bucks‘ Giannis Antetokounmpo by a comfortable margin, the NBA announced in a press release.
Jokic received 65 first-place votes and 875 total points, putting him well ahead of Embiid, who finished second with 26 first-place votes and 706 points. Antetokounmpo came in third with nine first-place votes and 595 points.
Nobody else received a first-place vote, but Suns guard Devin Booker was fourth with 216 points and Mavericks guard Luka Doncic was fifth at 146 points. With 100 total voters, the balloting system awarded 10 points for a first-place vote, seven points for second, five points for third, three points for fourth and one point for fifth.
Other players receiving votes were the Celtics‘ Jayson Tatum (43 points), the Grizzlies‘ Ja Morant (10), the Warriors‘ Stephen Curry (4), the Suns‘ Chris Paul (2), the Bulls‘ DeMar DeRozan (1), the Lakers‘ LeBron James (1) and the Nets‘ Kevin Durant (1).
Jokic is the 13th player to win MVP honors in back-to-back seasons. He averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in 74 games and helped the Nuggets earn the sixth seed in the West despite the absence of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Jokic was named Western Conference Player of the Month twice this season and reached the All-Star Game for the fourth straight year.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported on Monday that Jokic would win the award.
19 thoughts on “Nikola Jokic Repeats As Most Valuable Player”
Wild to me that some voters put Brooks and Luka ahead of Embiid, Giannis or Jokic (1 3rd place vote for each)
Personally I’d vote for Booker over Embiid for 3rd place.
Well deserved. Congrats.
He was the only deserving candidate ! Let’s go Jokic !!!
He wasn’t the only deserving candidate. I mean Giannis was great as usual and Booker was the best player on the team with the best record.
Good for him. I’m happy it’s over and we don’t have to hear about it anymore
until Philly is eliminated from the playoffs….youre gonna keep hearing about it….
Done topic in Philly now.
All that garbage talk by Sixers fans about how they were going to pound the Heat. Now…silence. See ya next year…again!
First place votes
Next year Embiid
“I don’t know what else I have to do” – Joel Embiid.
It’s pretty simple, Joel. You have to have a better season than the guy who wins it, which you clearly did not this year.
Truly deserved, no contest there!
Yeah, Giannis & Embiid had monster seasons… bad sadly they were light years behind the season Jokic had!
I put Tatum and Morant over Booker and Doncic. Paul was the best player on the Suns. No Paul, they have 10 fewer wins.
I hope Denver has a healthy team next year. Jokic could average over 10 assists a game. Something never even remotely accomplished by a center. That would be very entertaining.
Dippy averaged 8.6 one year. Jokic could top that … could.
Never heard the Dippy nickname before. Bc I was like… Wilt averaged something like that bc i looked it up last year… and then I see it in the basketball reference profile.
Jo will lead the league in Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, VORP, BPM, WS, BSBB (babies saved from burning buildings) next year and lose the MVP to Joker.
See ya next year…again!
All that garbage talk by Sixers fans about how they were going to pound the Heat. Now…silence.