That’s not surprising at all following the year that the big man had.
But does the thought of not winning the honor keep Jokic up at night?
It doesn’t sound like it.
Nikola Jokić on the MVP award:
"If I don't get it, I'm not going to die."
— Ryan Blackburn (@NBABlackburn) April 28, 2022
Asked about winning MVP, Jokic responded with a humorous remark: “If I don’t get it, I’m not going to die.”
That’s the right attitude for Jokic to have: humble and low-key.
Is there any doubt that this award will be Jokic’s?
With a season average of 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists, you would think that no one would be close to stealing away MVP from Jokic.
However, you have to remember that his closest opponents are talented and tough.
Take Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, for example – he’s been achieving a league-high 30.6 points, along with 11.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists.
And then there is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks with his 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.
However, it does feel like Jokic has the advantage and that’s because of the way he commands the floor and propels his team.
Jokic moves around the court like poetry and has a definitive leadership role on his squad.
Watching him play is like watching a big man who is combined with every other position on the team.
Throughout the season, Jokic has been at the top of the list for MVP candidates so it seems very likely that he will take home the honors when it’s all said and done.
You can’t say he doesn’t deserve it.