Nikola Jokic Has No Business Winning MVP


A while ago, I wrote about why the NBA should rename the MVP trophy, the offensive player of the year trophy, and I am here to argue more about that. There is no world where Nikola Jokic, a below-average defensive player, should win yet another MVP over two guys simultaneously putting up big numbers and doubling as two of the best defenders in basketball.

Jokic is currently averaging an impressive 25-12-10 per game. But Joel Embiid's 33-10-4 is just as dominant. As are Giannis Antetokounmpo's 31-12-5 splits. So offensively, they are all having incredible seasons. If you want to give a slight edge to Jokic because of the assists, then do it, but it is only a slight edge.

Now let's look at the other side of the ball. Giannis and Embiid are both in the Defensive Player of the Year race, while Nikola Jokic is nowhere to be found. So we've established that the three are performing similarly offensively, with Jokic maybe having a slight edge. And we've also established that Giannis and Embiid are on another planet to Jokic regarding defensive impact. Yet, you want to tell me that Nikola Jokic should win MVP?? It doesn't make any logical sense.

And if the argument is well, Jokic has led the Denver Nuggets to the best record in the West, so he deserves it; then I'd quickly remind you that the Milwaukee Bucks have a better record, the 76ers are equal, and the NBA had no issue giving Jokic the MVP last season on a 6th seeded team.

There is no case for Jokic to win MVP this season, and if he does, it is just more evidence for my claim that the NBA should rename the MVP to the Offensive Player of the Year trophy.

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