May 10, 2022 - Sports

Nikola Jokić enters rarified air with consecutive NBA MVP honors

Nikola Jokic walks off the court after a playoff win. Photo: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

Nikola Jokic walks off the court after a playoff win. Photo: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

Wilt. Kareem. Bird. Magic. MJ. Lebron. Curry. And now, Jokić.

State of play: Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić is poised to claim his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award this week, ESPN reports.

Why it matters: The honor puts Jokić in an elite class of NBA stars, joining just 13 others who have earned back-to-back MVP awards.

Of note: Even though the Nuggets lost the opening round of the playoffs, Jokic finished the season averaging 27.1 points and 13.8 rebounds per game, an improvement over his previous MVP campaign.

  • He is also the first NBA player to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season.
  • The formal announcement is expected later this week.
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