The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Sunday that Denver Nuggets’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) Nikola Djokovic is one of three finalists for this year’s award.
Other finalists are Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Mbid and Milwaukee boxing forward Giannis Antetokunampo.
Djokovic has 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in 74 games this season. The Denver Center’s performance is even more remarkable when star guard Jamal Murray (ACL) misses the entire season and forward Michael Porter, Jr. (back) has been out of action for the last five months.
MBID leads the NBA in scoring at 30.6 ppg and averaged 11.7 rebounds in 68 games. Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP, averaged 29.9 points and 11.6 rebounds in 67 games.
The NBA has announced the finalists in five more categories:
Coach of the Year: Taylor Jenkins (Memphis Grizzlies), Eric Spoelstra (Miami Heat), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns)
Defensive Player of the Year: Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Sons), Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics)
Rookie of the Year: Scotty Burns (Toronto Raptors), Cad Cunningham (Detroit Pistons), Evan Mobley (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Sixth Man of the Year: Tyler Hero (Miami Heat), Cam Johnson (Phoenix Suns), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Best Player: Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers), Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies), Dijante Murray (San Antonio Spurs) – Reuters