Serbian Nikola Jokic has been named 2020/2021 National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Most Valuable Player(MVP).
Jokic edged out Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Denver Nuggets star becomes the sixth international player ever to win the MVP title the first-ever player from the Nuggets to do so as well.
Jokic started all 72 regular-season games and averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per contest
Nikola Jokic was selected with the 41st draft pick in the second round when he entered the NBA seven years ago.
The Nuggets’ big man was revealed on Tuesday as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2020-21, making him the lowest draft pick ever to win the award. Nikola also became the first true center to be named MVP since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.
The Joker as he is popularly called now has his name etched alongside the greatest players in league history such as Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and many more, which surely seemed unlikely when he was that unheralded prospect out of Sombor, Serbia in 2014.
“To be honest, I didn’t even think I would be in the NBA, My goal when I started to play basketball back home, it was playing in EuroLeague because that was kind of the closest top league to my country.” Jokic said