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FILE – Nikola Jokic # 15 of the Denver Nuggets reacts during Round 1, Game 4 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Steph Chambers / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic won the 2020-21 NBA Most Valuable Player award, becoming the first player in franchise history and the first second-round draft pick in NBA history. league in winning the honor.

Jokic started all 72 games for the Nuggets and averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game, all setting or equaling personal records. The Serb shot 56.6 percent from the floor, including 38.8 percent from the 3-point line, and made 86.8 percent of his free throws. An All-Star for the third year in a row, Jokic added 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.

Jokic got 91 out of 101 first-place votes for a total of 971 points. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid finished second in the vote with 586 points and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was third with 453. Curry, however, received five first-place votes to one given to Embiid.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (one first-place vote), the MVP of each of the previous two seasons, and Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns (two first-place votes) finished fourth and fifth in the voting, respectively.

Jokic is averaging 31.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in seven postseason games. The Nuggets finished third in the Western Conference at 47-25 and eliminated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round in six games. Denver began its conference semifinal series against the Phoenix Suns on Monday with a 122-105 loss.

Perhaps the biggest indicator of Jokic’s MVP status was how the Nuggets fared when star guard Jamal Murray fell off the season with a torn ACL on April 12. . 3 seeds.

“I am very happy and respect both the hard work and dedication he has put into getting to this point,” coach Michael Malone said in a statement.

“I was fortunate to coach Nikola his entire career and to see him grow from a second-round pick, trying to learn from the NBA to becoming a perennial star, and now the MVP is truly extraordinary. He deserves this honor and I do not take it for granted that he will coach a player and, more importantly, a person like Nikola. “

Jokic recorded 60 double-doubles and 16 triple-doubles during the year. He outpointed both Dikembe Mutombo in the most double-doubles in franchise history and Fat Lever in the most triple-doubles in his career. He is also the third player in NBA history, after Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, to finish a season in the top five in the league in points, rebounds and assists.

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