Serbian Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was voted Most Valuable Player of the 2021 NBA season, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Shams Charania, from The Athletic web portal, was the first to share the information.
Jokic, the first center to win the award since Shaquille O’Neal did it in 2000, he became the third European player to win it. The Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo prevailed in the last two awards and Dirk nowitzki He did it in 2007.
The Serbian is also the lowest pick (41) to achieve this distinction. That’s not including Moses Malone, according to ESPN Data, who started his career with the ABA. Giannis and Steve Nash (15) had previously been the lowest.
Jokic led the Nuggets to third in the Western Conference with a 47-25 record.
He averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists. Likewise, he shot for 56.6 from the field, 38.8 from the triple and 86.8 from the free throw.