Nikola Jokic had one of the most impressive seasons in NBA history in 2022-23. He led the Denver Nuggets to a 52-39 record, despite missing 16 games due to injury. He also averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game, which were all career highs.
The Real MVP & The Best Player In The World… Nikola Jokic.
Jokic’s performance was so impressive that he won the NBA MVP award for the second consecutive season. However, there are some who believe that Joel Embiid should have won the award instead.
Embiid had a great season as well, averaging 30.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. He also led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 51-31 record, which was good enough for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
So, who should have won the MVP award?
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Here are three reasons why Jokic should have won:
- Jokic was more efficient. Jokic had a higher field goal percentage (58.3%) and three-point percentage (34.3%) than Embiid (52.4% and 33.0%). He also had a better player efficiency rating (29.1) than Embiid (28.5).
- Jokic had a better impact on winning. The Nuggets were 32-12 when Jokic played and 16-22 when he was out. The 76ers were 40-21 when Embiid played and 11-10 when he was out.
- Jokic had a more impressive season overall. Jokic’s numbers were better than Embiid’s in almost every statistical category. He also led his team to a better record and had a bigger impact on winning.
Based on these three reasons, it is clear that Nikola Jokic should have won the 2023 NBA MVP award.