Denver basketball player, Serbian national team member Nikola Jokić was named the most useful player (MVP) of the NBA league last night.
Jokic is the first basketball player from Serbia to win the great recognition of the strongest league in the world, and only the third European, after Dirk Nowicki from Germany and the Greek Janis Adetokunb.
Denver chose Jokic as the 41st pick in the draft in 2014, and the Serbian center is the lowest ranked player in the draft who won the award for the MVP of the league.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I would play in the NBA league. When I started playing basketball at home, my goal was to play in the Euroleague, as it was the best league closest to my country,” Jokic said.
Jokic received a total of 971 points in the voting, Joel Embid from Philadelphia was second in the number of votes with 586, and Stephen Curry from Golden State was third with 453 points.
Milwaukee center Janis Adetokunbo was fourth with 348 points, and Chris Paul from Phoenix got 139 points, which was enough for him to be in fifth place.
“This is a great achievement, but I always like to say that I’m not the only one who deserves it. I came here six years ago and I matured, the organization matured, the professional staff, teammates. I couldn’t achieve this alone. This is an individual award, but they are everyone made an effort, “the 26-year-old center from Sombor added.
In his sixth season in the NBA, Jokic played all 72 games and averaged 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.32 steals in 34.8 minutes per game.
He shot 56.6 percent from the game and 38.8 percent for three points, and 86.8 percent from the free throw line.
Jokic is the only player who has been a starter in all games in the last two seasons. Including the playoffs, Jokic played 5,766 minutes in the last two seasons.
Led by Jokic, Denver achieved 47 victories this season and suffered 25 defeats and qualified for the playoffs.