Stop the MVP debate: Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers just crowned his teammate Nikola Jokic as the 2020-21 NBA MVP.
On Wednesday, Jokic was again MVP-like with another incredible showing against the New York Knicks. Obviously, Rivers took notice and he wants us all to stop discussing whether Jokic deserves the accolade or not.
“He’s the MVP. He’s the MVP. He’s the MVP,” Rivers said after the 113-97 win over the Knicks, via Nuggets Twitter.
Them: What do you think about Nikola admin?
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) May 6, 2021
I mean, Austin Rivers is not lying.
Nikola Jokic immediately went to work on Wednesday against the Knicks with an unbelievable first quarter. In the game’s first 12 minutes, Jokic outscored the entire New York squad after banking 24 of Denver’s 34 first-quarter points, while New York stuck at 12. The Joker was 8-of-9 from the field and knocked down 8-of-10 from the charity stripe to help the Nuggets soar to an early lead.
From there, Jokic kept going. The Serbian only needed 29 minutes to get to 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. He even added a couple of steals and blocks to make sure the stat sheet was stuffed. With the Nuggets up by a lot, Jokic even got the entire fourth quarter off as Denver bounced back after their disappointing loss against the Los Angeles Lakers the other night.
Just looking at the numbers, Jokic is clearly the season’s best player. Aside from averaging a career-high in both points, rebounds and assists, Jokic has been the most valuable player for his team all season. Sorry Joel Embiid and Stephen Curry, with a few games left, it seems that The Joker has this in the bag.