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NBA: Nuggets star Nikola Jokic wins MVP for the third time in four seasons

Denver Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic was named the NBA Most Valuable Player on Wednesday, marking the third time in four seasons he has won the award.

Jokic is the ninth player to win the award three or more times.

Jokic received 79 first-place votes and received a total of 926 points in the voting, conducted by a group of sportswriters and broadcasters. Oklahoma City guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (15 first-place votes, 640 points) came in second and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (4,566) came in third.

Jokic averaged 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 79 games this season. He had 25 triple-doubles, second in the league behind Domantas Sabonis (26) of the Sacramento Kings.

“It’s got to start with your teammates, you know,” Jokic continued TNT. “I can’t do anything without them. Coaches, players, organizations, medical staff, strength coaches, development coaches. It’s all one big circle, but without them I can’t be what I am.”

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Last season, Jokic was second behind Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers. Jokic won the award in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record of six MVP awards. Michael Jordan and Bill Russell won the title five times, while Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James won four each.

Jokic is tied with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone as three-time winners.

Although Jokic won the award comfortably, he was not offended when it was suggested that Gilgeous-Alexander might have been a more worthy winner.

“There are a lot of players who deserve it,” Jokic said. “It’s probably the details and the little things.”

Jokic led the Nuggets to the NBA title last season and helped Denver build a 57-25 record in the 2023-2024 regular season.

The Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in five games in the first round of the Western Conference, but now face a tough situation after losing their first two games against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round. The series now shifts to Minneapolis for the next two games.

“Tomorrow we leave and go to Minnesota and try to get the series back to Denver,” Jokic said.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (one, 192) finished fourth in this season’s voting, and New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (142) was fifth.