Hey there, hoops fans!
Let's talk about our main man Nikola Jokic, who just got crowned NBA MVP for the second year in a row - how cool is that?
Picture this: Jokic stepping onto the court, all eyes on him. He's giving the ball that signature spin, ready to drop some major numbers and, BOOM! The crowd goes wild! This isn't a dream, friends. Jokic has, in fact, taken home the NBA's MVP award not once, but twice in a row!
Here's the kicker, he was the top choice on 100 out of 121 ballots. That's like 87% of the media peeps who cover the NBA every day, saying 'yeah, he's our guy.' Not far behind, the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, received 97 nods, putting him in a solid second place with 85%.
Now let's talk stats - our "KW" of the day. Jokic crushed it with an average of 26.8 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists per game this season. Plus, he's taken our beloved Denver Nuggets to a franchise-record of 59 wins! That's right, the first NBA title in franchise history. Not to mention, the guy also managed to dish out 9.7 assists and make a block per game.
We've all seen the drama on Twitter, right? The whole MVP discussion was more heated than a summer barbecue! But hey, that's sports for ya. The passion, the debates - it's all part of why we love this game. But, put the theatrics aside, and you're left with some out-of-this-world talent. Two names that rise above the rest? Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.
Let's dive in a bit - Jokic was dropping a whopping average of 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game. See a center or power forward pull off that kind of magic? Yeah, me neither! In fact, the only other guys who've achieved that 20/10/7 average are none other than the hoops legends, LeBron James and Wilt Chamberlain. But those gents did it from the small forward spot.
Swing the spotlight over to Embiid, and you're looking at a player who's been on fire. Averaging 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists, this guy took the 76ers on a joyride to a 52-30 record. That's a high they haven't touched since the golden days back in '82-83 under the watch of coach Billy Cunningham.
So, as we celebrate Jokic's win, let's also tip our hats to all the players that brought their A-game this season, making our lives as basketball fans pretty darn exciting! Game on, folks!