Nikola Jokic was named the regular season MVP for the second consecutive year and received his trophy in the most beautiful way, at home in Serbia. But besides the name of the winner, we were still impatiently waiting for the details of the votes. They just fell.
875. That’s the total points accumulated by MVP winner Nikola Jokic in this 2021-22 race. Favorite to do the double after an absolutely massive new campaign, the Joker was not only voted for Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo, but also clearly dominated his direct competitors in the number of votes for first place. 65 out of 100 in favor of the Joker is 39 more than Embiid, who finished with 706 points in total (595 for Giannis). While we should have expected a rather narrow vote given Jojo’s wonderful season and the rumors of a possible victory for the Cameroonian that had surfaced last week, Jokic’s performance brought together a large number of voters. Joel’s fanbase is already disappointed with the end result and probably howling at such a gap as the two pivots each were great for their respective teams. And Jojo fans might be even more shocked to see that the gap between Nikola and Joel (169 points) is wider than the one between Embiid and Giannis (111 points), with the latter still collecting 32 votes for second place. † We are now eagerly awaiting the response from Joel, who recently congratulated Jokic on his title while wondering what else he would have to do to finish first one day.
In addition to the details of the votes for the Top 3, we wanted to discover the identities of the guys who took place 4 and 5. At the foot of the podium we find Devin Booker (216 points), ahead of Mister Luka Doncic (146 points) after his beautiful individual campaign in the steamroller called Suns. If you’re the top scorer on a team that has had no fewer than 64 regular wins, you’re normally in a good position when it comes to doing the bills, even if in the eyes of some (like Draymond Green) the back. of the Suns earned much higher. Doncic, who currently faces the Cactus in semi-conf’, is clearly paying for his rather mediocre start to the season, as in terms of stats (28 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists) and balance (52 wins), he could theoretically aim for better than fifth place. Luka needs to get back into shape next year, and maybe this trophy is yours. Jayson Tatum takes sixth after the Celtics’ stellar season finale and returns to the pro season with a view to winning it all. Ditto for Ja Morant, ultimately seventh and inevitably weighed down by his number of missed matches this year. Stephen Curry, who started with a bang, ended up only getting four small points, two more than Chris Paul, while LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan collected a token point.
The identity of the winner for the MVP has been talked about in recent days, something tells us it will continue to stir things up a bit now that the details of the votes are out…
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This is the second Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Nikola Jokić, who also received the honor last season. He becomes the 13th player to win the award in consecutive seasons.
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