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Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic Wins MVP

Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic has been named MVP of the league, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The big man is BACK.

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.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. The MVP of one of the most popular sports in the world and in America and I’ve never heard of him. I’m not sure if that says something about my knowledge of sports or if it says something about how sad basketball has become in this country. Particularly, the NBA.

    • If there is one player to watch – it’s him. Check him out in the nuggets next playoff game. In a game that has turned into a one-on-one and look at me game over the years – Jokic bucks that trend and can do it all (pass, defend, shoot). Very unselfish player. Plus – half the shots he throws up you will be like “how the hell did that go in”

    • I never heard of him either. My NBA fandon goes back to Bob Cousy’s Celtics … thru Bird. Magic, Jordan and even the early days of Steph Curry … but no more. It ceased being “entertainment” for me. I appreciate that it is still popular … but not with me any more.

  2. Well since you put it that way, let me take you on a walk down memory lane. Most watched college basketball game and highest television rating was Indiana State v Mich State in 1979. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought it was Gonzaga and whoever they played this past year but you’d be wrong. But I appreciate you weighing in on my comment. Now I know it’s not me. China??? To paraphrase a line from Tombstone, debating you on sports is like playing cards with my brother’s kids. You dont know what the best NBA was because you weren’t born yet. I, like many on here, have lived through both.

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