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Pick’s third MVP of the second round puts him in the top 10 of all time

As expected, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been announced as the 2023-24 NBA Most Valuable Player Award winner after leading his team to a 57-25 record and No. 2 ranking in the West.

The former second-round pick averaged 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks per game in 2023-2024. He scored 1.07 points per possession individually and 1.14 points per possession on post-ups, ranking in the 80th percentile in both categories.

Nikola Jokic’s third MVP puts him in the top 10 of all time

Jokic has now won three MVP awards in four seasons and joins a pantheon of NBA greats that includes LeBron James, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird. He also joins James and Michael Jordan as the only players to win at least three MVP awards since 1990.

Already considered an all-time great, Jokic has now reached top 10 status with his incredible resume.

Since he is also a six-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection and the 2023 NBA Finals MVP, the only players who have undoubtedly had a better career than Jokic are Jordan, James, Russell, Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain, Bird . and Tim Duncan. His success in the NBA Finals will also have many pointing to Stephen Curry. But no matter how people divide it, only a handful of players can stake that claim.

That in itself is mind-boggling. When you look at his preliminary evaluation and his evolution since his debut in 2015, it is even more difficult to digest. Indeed, of all the players mentioned, Jokic is the only one selected outside of the NBA Draft lottery.

The most unexpected MVP

Jokic entered the league as a chubby but skilled pivot with an unorthodox game and has matured physically and mentally. He’s no Nate Thurmond, but he’s taken the bull by the horns when it comes to his physical condition. His mental processing was always a natural talent, but experience has taken his basketball IQ to a whole new level. On the field he’s rex machinea supercomputer that changes a game from start to finish with its understanding of it.

However, Jokic has also grown as a person over the years and his intangibles have moved along with him. He is more assertive than in recent years and therefore a better leader. While his counting stats may be the most important determining factor in assessing his MVP worthiness, that psychological factor is another.

NBA Mount Rushmore?

Jokic’s story is still being written.

The Sombor is still relatively young in NBA years and could play another decade if he wants. While his off-field interests and family values ​​suggest he may retire a little early, his love for the game and drive to succeed leave that door open. If so, it will be interesting to see how many more MVP awards (and NBA championships) he wins.

With more of both, he can break into Mount Rushmore conversations.