From No 41 to No 1: Nikola Jokic becomes lowest-drafted player to win NBA MVP

  • Serbian claims 91 of 101 first-place ballots by voters
  • Joel Embiid finishes second in voting followed by Steph Curry

Nikola Jokic was selected with the 41st draft pick when he entered the NBA seven years ago. Now, by overwhelming consensus, he’s No 1.

The Nuggets’ big man was revealed on Tuesday as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2020-21, making him by far the lowest draft pick ever to win the award. “The Joker” now has his name etched alongside the greatest players in league history, which surely seemed unlikely when he was that unheralded prospect out of Sombor, Serbia in 2014.

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