Report: Nuggets C Nikola Jokić Wins Second Straight NBA MVP Award
SALT LAKE CITY – Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić won his second consecutive NBA MVP award, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The NBA insider reported the news on Monday, May 9.
“Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive season, sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski tweeted.
He added that a “formal announcement” of Jokić winning the second of his back-to-back MVPs is expected later in the week.
Fellow finalists for the award were Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers).
About Nikola Jokić
Jokić, who was drafted with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is the lowest draft pick to ever win MVP.
By winning the honor for the second time, he joined Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, LeBron James (x2), Stephen Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only players to win consecutive MVPs since 2000.
During the regular season, Jokić averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game.
Jokić was the NBA’s sixth-highest scorer this season.
He led the Nuggets to a regular season record of 48-34 and the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.
The MVP and the Nuggets fell to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, 4-1.