There is still more than a month before the end of the NBA regular season, but it is clear that the title of the most useful player in the league will remain in the Balkans, unless voters in the US media do so. Take this entire season as a precedent.
One option is for the Greek national team player Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the award for the third time in a row. This will be an effort that only the greatest legend can make and a precedent. The second option is Nikola Jokić, which is also the only option that meets the MVP selection criteria at the same time.
In this belated and shortened NBA season, many people greeted the most likely candidates, but later due to injuries, they began to withdraw one by one. In the 40 years since media representatives voted for the MVP, Allen Iverson was the only one to win the championship with double-digit turnovers in 2001 (11), and Jokic (Jokic) ) At least three opponents-Joel Embiid (Joel Embiid), LeBron James and LeBron James no longer exist or will not exist. Moreover, it has been shortened from the traditional 82 games to 72 games, so the percentage of absent games is even higher.
In this selection, usability is one of the most important qualities, as well as excellent statistics, team success and individual candidate narrative ability.
Among the five most likely candidates, LeBron’s narrative is the strongest. He was brilliant at the age of 35 and will become the oldest MVP in history. This will be his fifth trophy, but the first after 2013.
Everyone has excellent statistics, otherwise they would not even be candidates for MVP. At present, the success of the team comes from the opponents of the Serbs in the East. This is because the teams of Embiid, Giannis and Harden alternated among the top three in the conference. However, Jokic’s Denver Nuggets also scored a seven-game winning streak after introducing Aaron Gordon on the last day of the exchange deadline. This is part of the puzzle they missed and has climbed to fourth place in the Western Conference. .
So far, Jokic is the most of all major candidates. So far, he has participated in 51 Nuggets competitions. how is it…
In almost all important statistical categories, Jokic is among the top ten in the league, or at least on the verge of entering the list. He is the eighth scorer with 26.3 points, eighth in jump shots (10.9), fifth assists (8.7), ten points (1.5), 11th in field goal percentage (57.1%) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage. The efficiency of the six (42.2%) and freestyle series is commendable 85.8%. He ranked second in triple-doubles (12), and in terms of doubles, he convincingly ranked first at 45, which means he did not score in six games.
Americans use a variety of formulas to get a single number that reflects all the data of a single player, and Jokić ranks among the top two most important numbers. His PIE (Player Impact Estimate) is 20.0, ahead of Giannis and LeBron (19.4 each). On the efficiency bar of NBA.com, he leads convincingly with 36.4, with only Antetokounmpo and Harden in the game. There are more than 30 players in China. alliance.
So far, we haven’t mentioned other candidates, such as Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry or Luka Doncic, who have also played excellent This season, and because of the injuries of the above-mentioned superstars, they climbed the MVP favorite list, not a Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns, which are the two teams with the best ratios in the entire league.
They all have at least one obvious shortcoming in this choice. In fact, the only player with no objection is Nikola Jokić.
In principle, there is nothing to oppose the Greek freak, who does not play any weaker than he was elected MVP in the past two seasons. However, the fact is that he is the worst enemy in this year’s election. This is not the case, but for the same reason, LeBron James was appointed MVP in 2013. Voters are simply boring.
In NBA history, only three players have been named MVP three times in a row-Bill Russell (1961-1963), Wilt Chamberlain (1966-1968) and Larry Bird (1984-1986) ). Therefore, no one has been in the past 35 years. Even Michael Jordan was denied the risk when he was awarded the title of Charles Barkley in 1993. In the middle of the other three championship seasons, Karl Malone took his title. LeBron has been the MVP four times in the past five years, but has not served as the MVP three times in three consecutive years, because in 2011, voters considered him to be Derrick Rose (Derrick Rose).