When you’re still talking about an MVP player, it’s expected that a first-round draft pick gets this prestigious title. However, Nikola Jokic entered the NBA seven years ago getting the 41st pick, which the general consensus now says he’s No. 1. Here are the highlights:
- The Denver Nuggets big man received this announcement on Tuesday that he’s to get the Most Valuable Player Award for 2020-2021.
- Jokic didn’t even think it was possible for him to play in the NBA. He had his sights set on Euroleague, which he thought would be the closest he’d get to play professional basketball.
- He was certainly a runaway winner in this case with receiving 91 out of 101 first-place votes.
- Jokic recognizes it’s a huge accomplishment, but knows that his team is a big part. He says it’s not just him, but the team effort to make these types of things possible.
- He definitely deserves this accolade because he’s really unlocked his potential over the years. Even Kobe Bryant before he passed, challenged Jokic to go out there and win MVP back in 2019.
- This season showed him really stepping things up as he got a league-high 60 double-doubles plus 16 triple-doubles (only second to former MVP Russell Westbrook).
- Jokic said that the Nuggets drafted him so he’d get an opportunity to play for the NBA. He certainly has made the most out of his chance to play in the big leagues.