So long as Nikola Jokic stays healthy down the stretch of the NBA regular season he will absolutely, unequivocally win the league MVP award.
— Denver Sports Betting (@DenverBets) May 5, 2021
There has been a bunch of nonsense talk going around amongst the national media, but with less than a month left to play in the regular season, the MVP picture is becoming crystal clear.
Steph Curry, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo have all put together stellar seasons in their own right, but nobody has been as effective, durable and impactful as Nikola Jokic this season. The man has not missed a single game and is roughly two assists shy from averaging a triple-double per game.
Jokic is currently averaging 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game this season, and has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down despite the losses of Jamal Murray, Will Barton and Monte Morris. What Jokic is doing this season is downright remarkable, and it’s a shame the national, east coast media still feel the need to push the narrative for other players because Jokic lacks sex appeal.
In an era where player empowerment is nearing its apex, Jokic defaults any and all spotlight to his teammates, refusing to engage in any form of self-glorification despite his heroics this season. This has hurt him in the eyes of the public.
The Serbian is as humble as they come in this day in age. NBA players are a bunch of divas, and Jokic chooses to swim in his own lane, which is why he doesn’t fit the “typical” mold for superstar or league MVP. That said, for every time Rachel Nichols overlooks him and Kendrick Perkins throws out some outlandish take, the sportsbooks are lying in the wait to bring us back down to reality.
While chatter about why Embiid, Curry or Giannis should win MVP has swirled around the national circuit, Jokic’s odds to win the award have only improved. As it stands, Jokic is the clear frontrunner to win the award as the -2000 favorite. The next closest player is Embiid at +800.
There is money on the line here. Trust the books. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Jokic will bring home the award as he should.