Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic was named the NBA MVP for the 2020-21 season on Tuesday. Jokic is the first player in franchise history to receive the honor. He beat Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, who were the other two finalists.
“To be honest, I didn’t even think about being in the NBA,” Jokic said on TNT’s “Inside The NBA” after winning the award. “When I started playing basketball at home, my goal was to play in the EuroLeague because it was the highest league that was closest to my country. I could play in some big clubs in Serbia and work my way up. But then the Denver Nuggets drafted me and it was an opportunity for me to become an NBA player. “
Jokic ended the season with a career high of 26.4 points and 8.3 assists and a career high averaging 10.8 rebounds. Jokic also held the nuggets down, keeping them in the top 3 in the Western Conference without all-star guard Jamal Murray, who was lost for the season to a cruciate ligament rupture.
By winning the MVP award, Jokic faces a huge payday. Jokic is a year away from signing a Supermax deal.
If Jokic signs the Supermax deal after the next season, the deal will be the biggest in NBA history, according to Bobby Marks. Marks says the contract would run for five years and be $ 241 million.
Jokic wasn’t an overnight success story. He pocketed the work and built his skills from the ground up. Jokic is the first second-round player in NBA history to win the MVP award. His path and continued work ethic should serve as motivation for others.