Nikola Jokic genoem 2021 Waardevolste speler van die NBA

Die senter van Denver Nuggets, Nikola Jokic, is aangewys as die waardevolste speler vir die 2020-21 NBA seisoen.

Die NBA aangekondig on Tuesday that the Serbian big man had received the award for the first time in his career, becoming the first Nuggets player to earn the honor.
Drafted with the 41st pick in the 2014 NBA-konsep, Jokic becomes the lowest-drafted player to ever win the award, the previous lowest being Steve Nash and next closest being Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick.
    “Om eerlik te wees, I didn’t even think about being in the NBA,” Jokic gesê on TNT’sInside The NBAshow after winning the award.
      My goal when I started to play basketball back home was to play in the EuroLeague because that was the closest top league to my country. I could play in some big clubs in Serbia and grind my way up. But then the Denver Nuggets drafted me, and it was an opportunity for me to become an NBA player.
        Jokic shoots the ball against the Phoenix Suns.

        Jokic, nicknamed ‘The Joker’, joins Dirk Nowitzki and Antetokounmpo as MVP winners from Europe.
          The MVP award is voted on by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, as well as one fan vote, making for 101 stembriewe.
          Jokic received 91 first-place votes, verdien 971 total points. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid finished in second place with 586 punte, followed by Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry in third place with 453 punte.
          Players received 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote and one point for each fifth-place vote.
          In a shortened season because of the disruption the coronavirus pandemic had on the previous campaign, Jokic has been ever present.
          While other players have rested or missed time through injury, Jokic has played in all 72 games for the Nuggets, leading his team to a 47-25 record and the third seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs.
          Over the 72 speletjies, the 26-year-old averaged a career-high 26.4 punte, 10.9 rebounds, a career-high 8.4 help en 1.32 steel. He became the third player in NBA history to average at least 26.0 punte, 10.0 rebounds en 8.0 assists in a season, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.
          Jokic throws a no-look pass to Monte Morris as Robert Covington  of the Portland Trail Blazers defends.

          Jokic ontvang the news of the award from NBA commissioner Adam Silver during a team meeting at the Nuggetshotel ahead of Game Two of their second-round series with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
          It’s a big accomplishment,” Jokic gesê. “But it’s something that, like I said to the guys, it’s not just me. I couldn’t do it by myself. It’s something that it is an individual award but it’s the effort of everybody who is part of the Denver Nuggets organization.
            He also became the first center since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to win the league’s top individual honor.
            Jokic will need to keep up his excellent form if the Nuggets have any hopes of advancing in the playoffs, having lost Game One of their series with the Suns already.

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