Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic wins first career MVP award


Nikola Jokic has had a season to remember.

The Denver Nuggets center was named the NBA MVP on Tuesday, becoming the first player drafted in the second round and sixth international player to win the award.

Jokic, who also became the first center to win MVP since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, averaged a career-high 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game this season as he helped lead the Nuggets to the second seed in the Western Conference.

The 26-year-old also shot 56.6% from the field, including 38.8% from 3-point range, which is not too bad for a 6-foot-11 center.

Jokic received 91 first-place votes and totaled 971 points in the final voting tally, while Sixers center Joel Embiid and Warriors guard Stephen Curry finished second and third, respectively.

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