Jokic was drafted with the 41st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and is the lowest draft player to ever win the award, the lowest ever being Steve Nash and the next Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick.
“When I played basketball at home, my goal was to play in the EuroLeague because it was the highest league that was closest to my country. I could play in some big clubs in Serbia and work my way up. But then the Denver Nuggets drafted me. ” , and it was an opportunity for me to become an NBA player. “
Jokic, nicknamed “The Joker”, joins Dirk Nowitzki and Antetokounmpo as MVP winners from Europe.
The MVP Award is chosen by a global jury of 100 sports journalists and broadcasters and one fan vote, resulting in 101 ballots.
Jokic received 91 votes for first place and received 971 total points. Joel Embiid, center of the Philadelphia 76ers, came in second with 586 points, followed by Steph Curry, guard of the Golden State Warriors, in third with 453 points.
The players received 10 points for each vote for the first place, seven points for each vote for the second place, five points for each vote for the third place, three points for each vote for the fourth place and one point for each vote for the fifth place.
In a shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic interruption in the previous campaign, Jokic was always present.
While other players have rested or missed time due to injury, Jokic has played for the Nuggets in all 72 games, leading his team to a 47-25 record and third place in the Western Conference for the playoffs.
In the 72 games, the 26-year-old averaged 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.32 steals. He became the third player in NBA history to averaged at least 26.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in one season, and joined Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.
He was also the first center since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to win the league’s top individual honor.
Jokic will have to maintain his superb form if the Nuggets have hopes of advancing to the playoffs after losing Game One of their streak with the Suns.