NIKOLA JOKIĆ became the third European to win the MVP award in the NBA league. German Dirk Nowitzki was the best in 2006, while Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo was the best in the previous two years.
In 2018, the Serbian center signed a five-year contract worth $147 million. His next contract will be the largest in basketball history, because by winning the MVP award, he has the opportunity to sign a super-maximum contract. ESPN’s Bobby Marks announced that Jokic should receive a total of $241 million in revenue between 2023 and 2028.
In the first season of the contract, Jokic will receive 42.6 million U.S. dollars, and in the last season when he turns 33, he will receive 54.8 million U.S. dollars. The Serbian center has repeatedly stated that it hopes to spend his entire NBA career in Denver and does not intend to change the club. The current record transaction is that of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee (EUR 228 million in 5 years).
As the 41st overall pick in the draft, Jokic became the lowest pick to win the MVP award. This season, he averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists in the regular season. He also led Denver to the semifinals of the Western Conference playoffs, where he played against Phoenix.