Nikola Jokic 2021,2022 & 2024 NBA MVP

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Big win for Jokic! Nice to see another Pale faced MVP!
 

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Well deserved. Joins Steve Nash (x2), Dirk, and Larry Bird (x3); 7 White MVPs in the past 35 years. I expect Luka to get at least 2 MVPs over the next few years.
 
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Congratulations to Jokic. He is the complete player.
My observation is that the best players from the former Yugoslavia( population 23 million) would beat the best players from black America( population 47 million). It would be a great caste matchup. With Doncic and others they would win a seven game series 4-1/4-2.
 

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Is Nikola Jokic the most unlikely MVP in NBA history? That depends on the context of the question
Jokic is the lowest-drafted MVP in NBA history


By Sam Quinn

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In 2014, Taco Bell made a big bet on the staying power of the quesarito. They can hardly be blamed for that. Who wouldn't love a burrito wrapped in a cheesy blanket? Nobody, Taco Bell assumed. They just had to get the word out. So they bought valuable advertising space during the NBA Draft to promote their latest concoction.

The event's producers apparently bought into the hype and decided to air Taco Bell's commercial while picks were being made. After all, second-round picks rarely amount to anything in the NBA. So as America bowed to its new culinary overlord, the Denver Nuggets selected some kid from Serbia the scouts said might turn out to be a decent passer.



The quesarito was removed from Taco Bell menus in 2020. It was too beautiful for this world. Oh, and that Serbian kid? He was just named the 2021 NBA MVP.

Nothing could better encapsulate the sheer unlikelihood of Nikola Jokic's ascension than the burrito that upstaged him. The NBA had so little faith in him that it sold the moment that launched his career to a fast-food item that no longer exists. In fairness to the league, its skepticism was warranted.


Prior to Tuesday, the lowest-drafted MVPs in NBA history were Steve Nash and Giannis Antetokounmpo. They both went No. 15 overall. Jokic fell another 26 slots to No. 41. He was the second second-round pick ever to win the MVP. The first was Willis Reed in 1970. When he was drafted in 1964, the league had seven teams. He was picked No. 8. Jokic is just the third European MVP after Antetokounmpo and Dirk Nowitzki. Only 24 other Serbian-born players had ever reached the NBA when Jokic debuted in 2015. In his second season, Jokic famously asked Nuggets coach Michael Malone to let him come off of the bench. How many other MVPs can say that?



These are unprecedented circumstances in a league in which stardom is often preordained. Every MVP prior to Reed's win in 1970 was a top-three pick or a territorial draft pick. The NBA has given out 65 MVP awards, and only 18 went to players taken outside of the top five. Many of those were due to extenuating circumstances. Julius Erving was picked No. 12 because he was already playing in the ABA. Larry Bird went No. 7 because he was planning to return to school. Players like Jokic appearing out of nowhere and winning the MVP award just doesn't happen.

Does that make Jokic the most surprising MVP in NBA history? It depends on the lens through which you view the question. Technically, Moses Malone was never drafted by an NBA team. He became the first basketball player in modern history to turn professional coming out of high school, and at the time, the NBA did not allow players to do so. The ABA was more open-minded, but it didn't exactly view Malone as a sure thing. He was drafted in the third round by the Utah Stars and only reached the NBA through the ABA's dispersal draft.


But the traditional path was available to Malone. He almost attended the University of Maryland, and had he done so, he likely would have dominated college basketball and eventually become a top pick like most other MVPs. There is little evidence suggesting that Jokic was heavily recruited by American colleges, though, and it was an option that he was surely aware of. His brother Nemanja played for the University of Detroit Mercy.

College recruiters are far from infallible, though. They've missed plenty of future stars. Stephen Curry wanted to play for Virginia Tech like his father, Dell, but they wouldn't offer him a scholarship. Rather than play as a walk-on, Curry grew into a legend at Davidson. Colleges can at least feign ignorance with Jokic. Curry slipped right under their noses.

Most of the NBA missed on Nash even in his prime. When he signed a five-year, $65 million deal with the Phoenix Suns in 2004, his former team turned around and spent $73 million on Erick Dampier, who had never averaged more than 12.3 points per game. At that point, the league viewed the two of them as roughly analogous, non-MVP-caliber players. In that sense, Nash's development may have been less likely than Jokic's in the moment. Jokic entered the 2020-21 season as a proven superstar with roughly 30-to-1 MVP odds. Nash might have been available at 300-to-1 before his 2004 victory.


But hindsight is once again 20-20. The Suns signed Nash expecting the leap he ultimately made because the NBA had only just outlawed hand-checking. That made smaller guards like Nash significantly more valuable as it offered far more freedom of movement for them. No rule changes had similar effects on Jokic. The NBA has been making it harder for players to score in the post for decades.


A startling number of MVPs made the transition to basketball only after careers in other sports didn't pan out. Tim Duncan was a swimmer before Hurricane Hugo destroyed his local pool. Dirk Nowitzki played tennis growing up. Hakeem Olajuwon played soccer. But at their sizes, they were inevitably going to find basketball eventually. The skills they developed in other sports turned into unique weapons. Olajuwon's footwork tortured defenders for almost two decades. Few players have ever matched Nowitzki's balance.

The common thread among all of those players is that the professional basketball world almost certainly viewed each of them as more valuable than a cheese-covered burrito. Jokic is the lone exception, and until another MVP knows what it means to have their thunder stolen by a literal flavor of the month, we can safely call him the unlikeliest MVP in NBA history.
 

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I feel so bad for Nikola Jokic. He is not getting any help in the 2nd round of the playoffs. How did Jokic do tonight you ask?

Nikola Jokic had 32 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 block. He is getting no help. The guy is the MVP but he has very little support
and this is unfortunate. What a game and what a playoffs he has had. This guy is a legend!
 

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Jokic was ejected in last night's game for a flagrant 2 foul. The call was borderline at best, never would have been called on King James in a million years.
https://www.espn.com/nba/
 

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Jokic was ejected in last night's game for a flagrant 2 foul. The call was borderline at best, never would have been called on King James in a million years.
https://www.espn.com/nba/

You took the the words right out of my mouth. This was so unfair. At least Lebron James and the Lakers were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.


Even with the Nuggets not making the NBA Finals, they still have made the playoffs several years in a row. Jokic won the NBA MVP by a overwhelming vote. They need to get more shooters around him to
help this team advance further. Nikola was the most dominant player in the regular season and in the NBA Playoffs but he can't do it all himself. Congrats to Jokic on an amazing year!
 

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Larry Bird still the last White American to win the award. 34 years ago.
 

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Great News!!! I do not watch the NBA any longer nor do I watch BSPN online or on TV. This came as a great surprise. I watched his hi-lights on YouTube. He reminds me of a bigger Larry Bird and his athletism is off the charts.
 

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I could be wrong but it looks waaay too much like the Black player is faking. Maybe not, but what else can we expect from things we've seen over and over. And of course the (((Commie anti-White media))) is it's typical hating on Whites crap. And as usual the Black started it...then plays victim. What else is new?...
 
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believe it or not it’s been the black sports commentators sticking up for jokic. Shaq and Charles Barkley (who usually have no problem calling out affletes baffoonery, and have gotten in trouble for it in the past) stick up for jokic here and clown Morris. Of course the token white cuck Ernie Johnson has to be dramatic and cry “what about what jokic did”. Good for chuck and shaq
 

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Jokic is one of the best examples of anti-white bias in basketball.
He was drafted 41st overall, despite having MVP potential and being 6'11 with a 7'3 wingspan.
Just like Arvydas Sabonis not getting an opportunity to play in the NBA until his 30s, despite being 7'3 with a 7'6 wingspan and being visibly levels ahead of the average NBA big at the time.
If NBA talent evaluators almost missed such obvious prospects, college talent evaluators are probably missing less physically obvious prospects like Stockton, Nash and Ginobili all the time.
 
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Jokic is one of the best examples of anti-white bias in basketball.
He was drafted 41st overall, despite having GOAT potential and being 6'11 with a 7'3 wingspan.
Just like Arvydas Sabonis not getting an opportunity to play in the NBA until his 30s, despite being 7'3 with a 7'6 wingspan and being visibly levels ahead of the average NBA big.
If NBA talent evaluators almost missed such an obvious prospects, college talent evaluators are probably missing less physically obvious prospects like Stockton, Luka, Ginobili, Bobby Jones and Mark Price all the time.

Excellent post and yes your right about what you said. Jokic is one of the favorites to win the NBA MVP again but we are only about halfway through the season. In my honest opinion it's not even close. He leads the NBA in Triple Doubles with 12 of them! He is second in rebounding, 6th in scoring and can do a little of everything on the basketball
court. The guy is also an iron man as he rarely gets hurt despite banging with other giants night after night. Jokic is amazing!

Yes just like in football we will never see many of our guys get a chance unless things change. As we've seen with the plandemic, most people don't question anything. They
just believe what the tv and the rulers tell them. Unless things change and more people wake up, our problems will be above & beyond just sports. It's a battle for the survival
of the european civilizations of the world.
 

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It's being reported that Nicola Jokic has won the NBA MVP again!
That's 2 in a row!
 

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Yesireeee!
https://www.si.com/nba/2022/05/09/nikola-jokic-nuggets-wins-second-consecutive-mvp
From the article:
"In addition to posting some of the best numbers of his career this season, Jokic now also stands alone with his counting stats in three major categories. He is the first player in the history of the NBA to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season."

This is amazing guys. Our guys in all sports have been winning awards at the highest levels in decades. The last white guy to win back to back NBA MVP Awards was
Steve Nash. It's ironic that it's never an american born white unless you go back 40 years or more. It's always the european guys or a canadian guy like Nash. Regardless
it helps our cause for equality in sports. We all know that we should not be seeing so many all black teams with no cries of racism. If you have even 6 of the 12 players on a
team that are white the media demads to break the team up. This is so unfair. Can you imagine what they would write if there was ever a 100% white team? There never will
be as it's not allowed. Only racism against whites is allowed.

Back to Jokic. He has to be the best all around player in NBA History period. I've never seen any center do the things he does. So happy he is gonna win again. He deserves
it and he is such a great leader yet remains a humble guy. Just don't piss him off or Jokic becomes a Grizzly Bear you don't want to mess with!
 

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Yep, and it will be officially announced on Thursday, I think. Jokic is fearless in ways like Larry Bird was. Great to see him snag another MVP!
 
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