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 schede elettorali.
Jokic received 91 first-place votes, guadagnare 971 total points. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid finished in second place with 586 punti, followed by Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry in third place with 453 punti.
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 Giochi, the 26-year-old averaged a career-high 26.4 punti, 10.9 rimbalzi, a career-high 8.4 assist e 1.32 ruba. He became the third player in NBA history to average at least 26.0 punti, 10.0 rimbalzi e 8.0 assists in a season, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.
Jokic ricevuto the news of the award from NBA commissioner Adam Silver during a team meeting at the Nuggets
’ hotel ahead of Game Two of their second-round series with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday
“It’s a big accomplishment
,” Jokic disse
. “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.