Jokic named MVP


Nikola Jokic was selected with the 41st draft pick when he entered the NBA seven years ago. Now, by overwhelmi­ng consensus, he’s No. 1. The Nuggets’ big man was revealed Tuesday as the NBA’s MVP for 2020-21, making him by far the lowest draft pick ever to win the award. “The Joker” was the runaway winner, getting 91 of the 101 first-place ballots cast – 100 of them from a global panel of sportswrit­ers and broadcaste­rs who cover the league, the other being an aggregate first-place ballot compiled from fan voting. That fan vote was the outlier: It went to 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose of the Knicks, the only vote Rose got. Philadelph­ia’s Joel Embiid was second, Golden State’s Stephen Curry was third, 2019 and 2020 MVP Giannis Antetokoun­mpo of Milwaukee was fourth and Phoenix’s Chris Paul was fifth. – The Associated Press

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