Top MVP contender Nikola Jokic made history on Thursday night. In the Nuggets’ 122-109 win over the Grizzlies, the center became the first NBA player to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season. That fact alone will help bolster his MVP argument. He is trying to win his second consecutive MVP award of his NBA career.
Based on a total of 74 games played, the seventh-year player averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. And, he shot 58.3% from the field. Of course, the Serbian player won the ABA League MVP title in 2015. Remember his MVP averages last season were 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per match. Not to mention, the 6’11” center was selected for his fourth All-Star Game this season.
Moreover, his most notable performances this season have been triple-double outings. On January 5, in the Nuggets’ 115-109 loss to the Jazz, the center finished with 26 points, 21 rebounds and 11 assists. Fourteen days later, Jokic closed out his performance with a season-high 49 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists against the Clippers.
At the end of January, Jokic joined five other players to have at least seven triple-doubles in a single month: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook. Additionally, in Denver’s 127-109 win over Washington on March 16, Jokic became the second-fastest player to earn 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, and 3,000 assists in a season.
Will Nikola Jokic win his second MVP award?
What’s more, the 27-year-old nearly broke that record in his 516th career game, but Larry Bird set the record by one game less. To add to this incredible feat, Jokic became the first NBA player this season to rack up 5,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists in his first 500 career games. With his leadership, the Nuggets rank sixth in the Western Conference
Given that Jokic has reached a career-high 27.1 points per game this season, it makes sense that he is one of the top MVP candidates. According to Basketball-Reference, the player has a 43.7% probability of glory. To officially join the legends, he needs a championship win. It is imperative that all top players have at least one ring.
Although Jokic was suspended one game for a physical altercation on the field with Markieff Morris, he remains the Nuggets’ most valuable player. And, he is arguably the most valuable player in the NBA. His biggest competition includes Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Considering the stats listed above, Nikola Jokic is likely to win it again. The odds are in his favor.