Nikola Jokic has been voted the most valuable player in the North American basketball professional league NBA for the second time in a row.
The 27-year-old Serbian superstar from the Denver Nuggets received 875 points in the prestigious poll of 100 international sports journalists, relegating Joel Embiid (706 points/Philadelphia 76ers) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (595/Milwaukee Bucks) to second and third place.
Jokic, who has averaged 27.1 points per game, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists for the already-eliminated Nuggets this season, becomes the 15th player in NBA history to win multiple MVP awards Has. This feat was most recently achieved by Antetokounmpo, who won the award in 2019 and 2020.
This year, for the first time, the top 3 in the election are not all from the USA. Jokic is Serb, Embiid is from Cameroon, Antetokounmpo from Greece. The best-placed US professional is Devin Booker (216 points) from the Phoenix Suns in fourth place, while Slovenia’s Luka Doncic (146/Dallas Mavericks) was fifth.