Nikola Jokic has been awarded as the MVP of the season for the second consecutive time, which is a very difficult feat to achieve for most players. However, the prize has come along with some controversy, as there are some people who consider that the trophy should have been won by Joel Embiid.
The merits of Nikola Jokic:
Nikola Jokic has averaged this season 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game, which are stats that put him ahead of his competitors. But that is not all; Jokic has made history this season several times: he became the first player to end a season over 2,000 points scored, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists; also, he first one to get more than 40 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks in a single game; and if that was not enough, here is an impressive stat: he has more triple-doubles in his career than the rest of the players in the history of the Denver Nuggets all combined together… Do I need to continue?
His outstanding season helped his team to finish 6th in the West, but it has not been enough to make it through the first round of the Playoffs aganst the Golden State Warriors of Stephen Curry and company. We must also point out that the MVP winner has been left alone the threat, as the Nuggets have been unable to count on stars such as Jamal Murray or Michael Porter Jr, which are other key players from the team.
The merits of Joel Embiid:
Joel Embiid has been on verge of his first MVP Award. The player for the Philadelphia 76ers has averaged 30.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in the best season of his career. However, the fact that has been the scoring leader has not been enough for him to compete with the Serbian. The stats prove that Jokic is more completed than Embiid.
Many fans and analysts consider that Embiid deserved the trophy. Skip Bayless from ESPN Sport had this to say: “Joel Embiid is the best player on the court at this time… They simply announced predictably that Jokic won the MVP, but everyone knew that this would happen just for the stats”.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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