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The MVP of the Night | The unique performance of Nikola Jokic

Invited to ESPN yesterday, Rudy Gobert was asked about his MVP of the season. And the tricolor pivot gave his vote to his Serbian counterpart to the Nuggets, the defending champion himself, Nikola Jokic.

In any case, the Serbian giant strengthened his candidacy last night and carried his team at arm’s length to another victory. And a win that is synonymous with 6th place in the West and thus official qualification for the next playoffs, for the fourth year in a row in Denver.

In fact, on a quintessential basket of his game, as baroque as it is effective in painting, the Joker became the first-ever player in League history to amassed 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season. † To a standing ovation from his audience who also voted unanimously: “MVP, MVP, MVP! †

“We needed this win, it was the most important game of the season”, Nikola Jokic reacted after the victory over Memphis. “We didn’t want to decide our fate in the very last game of the season, especially against the Lakers. I’m just happy with this win which was easier than expected in the end.”

The Nuggets were ill-engaged and effectively missed their game start simply because Nikola Jokic was undergoing treatment after receiving an involuntary elbow from Jaren Jackson Jr. in the first minute of the game. had gotten. Once back in the saddle, with an unlikely red headband to match his shoes, the “Joker” was able to revive his own, on a 20-3 that propelled the Nuggets at the end of the first quarter.

Productivity monster with a new performance, with 35 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals, Nikola Jokic again chose to divert attention to his team and his coaching staff. But he is the engine and soul of his team that must challenge the Warriors or the Mavericks in the first round of the next playoffs.

“I want to thank my teammates, and of course the coaches. It’s a collective effort, even if I’m reaping the rewards of this, and I want to thank them for that. It’s good and I would like to do it one or two more times, but I don’t know I’m taking advantage of the moment… Now it’s time for the play-offs.”

Nikola Joki Percentage bounces
Season Team GM Minimum shots 3 points LF Out secure early pd side int bp CT Points
2015-16 PINE TREE 80 22 51.2 33.3 81.1 2.3 4.7 7.0 2.4 2.6 1.0 1.3 0.6 10.0
2016-17 PINE TREE 73 28 57.8 32.4 82.5 2.9 6.9 9.8 4.9 2.9 0.8 2.3 0.8 16.7
2017-18 PINE TREE 75 33 49.9 39.6 85.0 2.6 8.1 10.7 6.1 2.8 1.2 2.8 0.8 18.5
2018-19 PINE TREE 80 31 51.1 30.7 82.1 2.9 8.0 10.8 7.3 2.9 1.4 3.1 0.7 20.1
2019-20 PINE TREE 73 32 52.8 31.4 81.7 2.3 7.5 9.7 7.0 3.0 1.2 3.1 0.6 20.0
2020-21 PINE TREE 72 35 56.6 38.8 86.8 2.9 8.0 10.8 8.3 2.7 1.3 3.1 0.7 26.4
2021-22 PINE TREE 73 33 58.1 33.7 80.9 2.8 11.0 13.7 7.9 2.6 1.4 3.8 0.9 27.0
Total 526 30 54.2 34.5 83.0 2.6 7.7 10.3 6.2 2.8 1.2 2.8 0.7 19.6