The Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic has a chance to win his third straight MVP award this season with a much-improved roster. In the first two years he won the award, both were questioned for his team’s underperforming campaigns.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe has broken down the details of how the four-time All-Star could win again.
“You don’t want to reward a player whose squad is bad and then goes down when he falls off the ground. Last year, the year before … the court was elite,” said Lowe.
“I think the last two years when he won with Denver he was a little lower overall and traditional. Part of that is because the guys got injured, the guys missed 20-30 games, and if you look at history from that MVP perspective, guys just don’t win if they don’t play 65, 70, 75 games.
Lowe concluded his hiring with this:
“So it’s been a weird few years, but those years are gone, that year is now.”
The Serbian center has become the NBA’s top big man for his unique style of play. Jokic’s journey to consecutive season MVP wins has set him apart from the rest of the players in the league. With a better supporting cast this season, the Nuggets have improved drastically, which could give him his third straight MVP win.
In the most recent update of the MVP rankings, Jokic kept his top spot. He averages 25.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists while scoring 61.6% of his shots and 37.5% of his three-pointers. He’s one of the favorites to win the award as he’s averaging nearly a triple-double this season and leading the Nuggets to the top of the West.
The Joker and Denver will try to take on the Phoenix Suns tomorrow.
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Nikola Jokic’s chemistry with his teammates could give him his third MVP win
Winning the MVP award is one of the highlights of an NBA player’s career. Once a player wins it, it puts them in the elite category from the rest of the league. Winning twice means the player is a generational talent. However, if he wins it for a third year in a row, he could enter a whole different class of greats.
Nikola Jokic could prove to everyone that he is a different type of player this season. He’s on track to win the MVP award for the third straight season. After the Nuggets’ win over the Lakers, the four-time All-NBA was careful to give his teammates credit despite his historic performance.
“Energy, share the ball, trust each other, play some defense and that’s it.”
“They do it for themselves. Cut, move…they were in the right place and took shots.”
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https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/news-zach-lowe-expounds-nikola-jokic-making-case-3rd-mvp-you-don-t-wanna-reward-player-whose-roster-bad?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “You don’t want to reward a player whose squad is bad”