Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic was named NBA MVP for the 2020-21 season on Tuesday. Jokic is the first player in franchise history to receive the honor. He beat Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, who were the other two finalists.
“To be honest, I didn’t even think about being in the NBA,” Jokic said on TNT’s “Inside The NBA” after winning the award. “My goal when I started playing basketball at home was to play in the Euroleague because it was the closest top league to my country. I could play for some big clubs in Serbia and make my way. But then the Denver Nuggets drafted me and it was an opportunity to become an NBA player. “
Jokic finished the season with a career-best 26.4 points and 8.3 assists and tied for a career-best by averaging 10.8 rebounds. Jokic also kept the nuggets in the top 3 seeds in the Western Conference without All-Star guard Jamal Murray, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
By winning the MVP award, Jokic finds himself in line for a big payday. Jokic is one year away from being eligible to sign a supermax contract.
If Jokic signs the supermax contract after next season, the deal is projected to be the largest in NBA history, according to Bobby Marks. Marks says the contract would be for five years at $ 241 million.
Jokic was not an overnight success story. He got to work and developed his skills from scratch. Jokic is the first second-round player in NBA history to win the MVP award. Your track record and ongoing work ethic should serve as motivation for others.