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After two back-to-back MVP awards from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic was voted NBA MVP for the 2020-21 season, according to multiple reports. For the first time ever, the award goes for a third straight year to a player from Europe.
It’s not a first, however, for international players. Canadian Steve Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2004-05 and 2005-06, followed by German Dirk Nowitzki in the 2006-07 season.
Jokic beat out 76ers big man Joel Embiid and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry to win his first MVP award. Jokic averaged 26.4 points, 8.3 assists and 10.8 rebounds in 72 games, shooting 56.6 percent from the floor and 38.8 percent from deep.
He also led the team in offensive and defensive win shares, PER, assist percentage, rebound percentage, and value over a replacement player.
Picked 41st in the 2014 NBA draft, Jokic has become the lowest draft pick in NBA history to win MVP. He is also the first to play every game in the season since Kobe Bryant in 2007-08.
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