That’s a major, huge accomplishment for the big man and means that he is just one of a few athletes to win MVP back-to-back two years in a row.
Nikola Jokic has won a second consecutive MVP, league source confirms to @denverpost.
— Mike Singer (@msinger) May 9, 2022
The news spread across the internet like wildfire and many people weren’t too surprised.
For months now, there were many analysts and fans who predicted that Jokic would win MVP again.
His season average of 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists only strengthened his case of winning the big prize.
The web was full of hot takes about Jokic’s triumph.
Most of them were complimentary, a few were critical, but none of them could deny that Jokic is something truly special.
Jokic’s MVP win is a major accomplishment but it’s just one of many he’s had this year.
In 2021-22, Nikola Jokic became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season.
He became the sixth player in NBA history to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in the same season. https://t.co/ZtYcsgOff2
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) May 9, 2022
As Justin Kubatko pointed out on Twitter, Jokic earned the honor of becoming the first player in the NBA to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season.
He is also the sixth NBA star in history to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks during the same season.
Therefore, even if he didn’t win the MVP, he still would have been incredibly proud of this historic season.
Other people wanted to point out how far he’s come.
Nikola Jokić was drafted during a Taco Bell commercial and is now the back-to-back MVP of the NBA.
— Katy Winge (@katywinge) May 9, 2022
Katy Winge reminded folks that he was drafted in the middle of a Taco Bell commercial.
For those who don’t remember, Jokic was called into the NBA during a portion of the NBA Draft that wasn’t even televised.
NBA fans first saw the big man’s name during a commercial break.
He was drafted 41st — during a Taco Bell commercial.
Back-to-back MVP, Nikola Jokic 🌯
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) May 9, 2022
Others noted that Jokic is securing a place in Denver history with his accomplishments in the league and what he’s doing for the city.
Not only is Nikola Jokic the greatest Nugget of all-time (and it's not close), he's pushing Elway and Sakic for greatest athlete in Denver sports history. Congrats, Joker! 🐐🃏
— Will Petersen (@PetersenWill) May 9, 2022
If he continues to play like this, he will soon be a hero in the city for years to come and one of the most important public figures in Denver history.
His team might not have won a ring yet but Jokic is a champion of Denver.