Nuggets star Nikola Jokic named NBA MVP

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FILE — Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets reacts during Round 1, Game 4 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Steph Chambers / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic won the 2020-21 NBA Most Valuable Player award, becoming the first player in franchise history and the first second-round draft pick in league history to earn the honor.

Jokic started all 72 games for the Nuggets and averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per contest — all setting or matching career highs. The Serbian shot 56.6 percent from the floor, including 38.8 percent from 3-point range, and made 86.8 percent of his free throws. An All-Star for the third straight year, Jokic added 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per contest.

Jokic earned 91 of 101…

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