Nikola Jokic Wins 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award


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Nikola Jokic Wins 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award

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Nikola Jokic was the runaway winner, receiving 91 of the 101 votes cast for first place.

NEW YORK, June 8, 2021 — Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić is the recipient of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.

With the first Kia NBA MVP Award of his career, Jokić becomes the first player to earn the honor as a member of the Nuggets. He is also the first player from Serbia to be selected as the NBA MVP, joining Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) as MVP winners from Europe.

A second round chosen 41st overall by Denver in the 2014 NBA Draft, Jokić is the lowest drafted player to be named NBA MVP excluding three-time MVP Moses Malone, who was not selected in the NBA Draft. The previous lowest-ranked players to win the award were two-time MVPs Antetokounmpo and Steve Nash, both selected with the 15this general choice in their respective concepts.

Jokić received 91 first-place votes, earning a total of 971 points from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, as well as the fans’ votes for the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, worth 101 ballots. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (586 points) finished in second place, followed by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (453 points) in third place, Milwaukee Bucks ahead of Antetokounmpo (348 points) in fourth place and Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (139 points) ) in fifth place.

Ernie and the boys congratulate Nikola Jokic and speak to him about his journey, his supporters and his MVP season.

Players got 10 points for every first-place vote, seven points for every second-place vote, five points for every third-place vote, three points for every fourth-place vote, and one point for every fifth-place vote place.

In his sixth NBA season, Jokić played all 72 games and averaged a career-high 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, a career-high 8.4 assists and 1.32 steals in 34.8 minutes. With his seasonal averages, Jokić was at 12this in the NBA in points, ninth in rebounds, sixth in assists and 22nd at stealing. He is the third player in NBA history to average at least 26.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists in a season, alongside Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.

Jokić scored an NBA-leading 732 field goals, shooting 56.6 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from the three-point range, and a career-high 86.8 percent from the free-throw line. He led the NBA in double-doubles with 60 and was second in triple-doubles with 16. Jokić peaked his career in a single game with 50 (vs. the Sacramento Kings on February 6); rebounds with 22 (vs. the Suns on Jan. 23); assists with 18 (vs. the Rockets on December 28); and steals with seven (vs. the Brooklyn Nets on January 12).

Behind Jokić, Denver posted a 47-25 record and earned third places in the Western Conference for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The Nuggets finished with the fifth highest single-season win percentage in franchise history (.653).

An NBA All-Star roster for its third consecutive season, Jokić was named Kia NBA Western Conference Player of the Month twice (December/January and March) and NBA Western Conference Player of the Week three times (Weeks 5, 6 and 13). ).

Joki, 26, has played all six of his NBA seasons with Denver, averaging 18.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 453 games. This season, he broke the franchise records for double-doubles and triple-doubles in his career. He also became the first Nuggets player to start an NBA All-Star Game since 2011.

For the 12this consecutive season, the NBA and Kia America gave fans the chance to vote for the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Fan votes, held online and via Twitter, counted as one vote to determine the winner.

The Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award trophy is named after Maurice Podoloff, who served as the NBA’s first commissioner from 1946 until his retirement in 1963. Podoloff was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1974.

The voting results for the 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award are below. The vote was tabulated by independent accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP. Full ballots for each voter are posted at: PR.NBA.com after the announcement of all prizes at the end of the season.

Nikola Jokic was the only player in the NBA to be among the 5 in total points, rebounds and assists.

1955-56 – Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1956-57 – Bob Cousy, Boston
1957-58 – Bill Russell, Boston
1958-59 – Bob Pettit, St. Louis
1959-1960 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1960-61 – Bill Russell, Boston
1961-1962 – Bill Russell, Boston
1962-63 – Bill Russell, Boston
1963-64 – Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
1964-1965 – Bill Russell, Boston
1965-66 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1966-67 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1967-68 – Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia
1968-69 – Wes Unseld, Baltimore
1969-70 – Willis Reed, New York
1970-71 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1971-1972 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1972-73 – Dave Cowens, Boston
1973-74 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1974-1975 – Bob McAdoo, Buffalo
1975-76 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA Lakers
1976-77 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA Lakers
1977-78 – Bill Walton, Portland
1978-79 – Moses Malone, Houston
1979-80 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LA Lakers
1980-81 – Julius Erving, Philadelphia
1981-82 – Moses Malone, Houston
1982-83 – Moses Malone, Philadelphia
1983-84 – Larry Bird, Boston
1984-85 – Larry Bird, Boston
1985-86 – Larry Bird, Boston
1986-87 – Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1987-88 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988-89 – Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1989-90 – Magic Johnson, LA Lakers
1990-91 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1991-92 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1992-93 – Charles Barkley, Phoenix
1993-94 – Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1994-95 – David Robinson, San Antonio
1995-96 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1996-97 – Karl Malone, Utah
1997-98 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1998-99 – Karl Malone, Utah
1999-00 – Shaquille O’Neal, LA Lakers
2000-01 – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
2001-02 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2002-03 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2003-04 – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
2004-05 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
2005-06 – Steve Nash, Phoenix
2006-07 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2007-08 – Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
2008-09 – LeBron James, Cleveland
2009-10 – LeBron James, Cleveland
2010-11 – Derrick Rose, Chicago
2011-12 – LeBron James, Miami
2012-13 – LeBron James, Miami
2013-14 – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
2014-15 – Stephen Curry, Golden State
2015-16 – Stephen Curry, Golden State
2016-17 – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
2017-18 – James Harden, Houston
2018-19 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
2019-20 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
2020-21 – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokic’s career season, along with his availability, helped him stand out from the rest of the field.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and Boban Marjanovic couldn’t be more proud of Nikola Jokic and his rise to NBA superstardom.

New York’s Julius Randle dominated the mood after averaging 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

Utah’s hot-shooting guard averaged more than three three-pointers made per game, which meant an immediate attack on the bench.

Nikola Jokic’s career season, along with his availability, helped him stand out from the rest of the field.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and Boban Marjanovic couldn’t be more proud of Nikola Jokic and his rise to NBA superstardom.

New York’s Julius Randle dominated the mood with an average of 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

Utah’s hot-shooting guard averaged more than three 3-pointers made per game, prompting an immediate attack on the bench.

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Nikola Jokic’s career season, along with his availability, helped him stand out from the rest of the field.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and Boban Marjanovic couldn’t be more proud of Nikola Jokic and his rise to NBA superstardom.

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