Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic has been named MVP of the league, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The big man is BACK.
BREAKING: Nikola Jokic has won the NBA MVP Award. pic.twitter.com/j4RsLsFZpZ— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) June 8, 2021
Although they lost Game 1 of last night’s Western Conference semi-finals matchup with my Phoenix Suns — with me in the building, I should add — Jokic is proving big men have a role in today’s NBA. If you watched any of Jokic this season, then you know why he’s the most valuable player in the game today.
He managed to touch the ball on offense without slowing down the pace that modern day NBA offenses need. Surround Jokic with shooters, and he can operate an offense as a point guard/big man hybrid. Combine that with making shots he has no business making, and you end up as Most Valuable Player in basketball.
The Denver Nuggets will need him to play like an MVP in this playoff series too, though. He was relatively average in last night’s loss. I’m willing to bet my last dollar Shaq goes on a 10-minute soliloquy on the the Nuggets star.
26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists a game from a center is going to win you MVP when your wing man, Jamal Murray, plays just 48 games. Congratulations to Nikola Jokic on the award.